Ohio State announced this evening that head coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave following the report from college football insider Brett McMurphy.
McMurphy reported earlier today that Meyer was more aware than he led on about domestic violence allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired by Ohio State in late July.
Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, released a statement to ESPN:
"Zach Smith wants to be as transparent and honest as possible but it is not going to be done today through the media. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify. Once he gets his chance to tell his side of events, don’t be surprised when it is corroborated by every police whoever responded to Ms. Smith’s calls."
ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy just appeared on SportsCenter after speaking further to Koffel.
"Speechless," is how Murphy described Koffel's reaction to Ohio State's decision to place Urban Meyer on administrative leave.
Koffel believes everything is moving a little too fast and more details will surface soon.
Ohio State is set to open the 2018 season in one month. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.