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New Details Emerging From Ohio State's Urban Meyer Investigation

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

New details from Ohio State's investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' football program, regarding the handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, emerged late on Wednesday night.

ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy reported that the Powell Police Department, which responded to domestic violence allegations against Smith but made no arrests in 2015, are being cooperative with Ohio State's investigation.

However, Powell Police are refusing to give up information from some of the files, as they are protected since Smith was never arrested.

The police are helping "as much as the law will allow" but have blocked attempts from Ohio State's investigation team to get records that are sealed.


Police in Powell, Ohio, have had preliminary conversations with the investigators, according to Chief of Police Gary Vest, and are willing to help as much as the law will allow. The Powell police visited Courtney Smith's home twice in the fall of 2015 to respond to complaints about habitual domestic violence and stalking. Neither visit resulted in an arrest or any charges against Zach Smith.

Vest said he is not at liberty to share the details of what his officers discovered about those incidents in 2015 because of confidentiality laws designed to protect the identity of people accused of crimes. Because Smith was not charged with a crime as a result of those incidents, the details of what police found while responding to those cases are not public record, according to Powell's city attorney. Vest said he also denied a request from the investigators working on behalf of Ohio State to see the same records based on advice received from the city's attorney.

If Ohio State's current investigation team is unable to gain access to these files, you have to wonder if this affected any attempts by Ohio State to investigate claims against Smith back in 2015.

Ohio State has said that its investigation into Urban Meyer should take about two weeks. It's possible we learn something regarding his future in Columbus by next week.