Urban Meyer is now on paid administrative leave after a report from college football insider Brett McMurphy brought about new evidence that showed the Ohio State head coach likely knew of abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith earlier than he admitted.
Hours after Courtney Smith's interview was posted online Wednesday, Ohio State announced in a short news release it was conducting an investigation into the allegations and Meyer was being placed on leave.
Whittingham, a Utah assistant from 1994-2004, served as co-head coach with Meyer during the team's Fiesta Bowl win and took over as the Utes' head coach after Meyer left for Florida.
In a statement, Urban Meyer agreed that him being on leave would "facilitate the completion" of the inquiry. Smith had been arrested for criminal trespassing in May.
Meyer denied knowledge of subsequent allegations of domestic violence against Zach Smith, who joined the Ohio State staff in 2011.
Smith was sacked right before Big Ten Media Days and was replaced on an interim basis by former Buckeyes wideout Brian Hartline.
On Dec. 17, 2017, Courtney Smith called police because neighbors reported seeing Zach peering into her vehicle windows and banging on the front door of her home at 1:30 a.m. Zach Smith was issued a trespassing warning after that incident.
Ohio State begins summer camp on Friday.
Smith told McMurphy that her ex-husband had abused her since 2009, and that she had extensive conversations with the wives of Meyer and his staff members about it.
"It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened", Meyer said.
Urban Meyer signed a contract extension with Ohio State in April that pays him $7.6 million per year through the end of the 2022 season. She told law enforcement that she had "been a victim of sustained physical abuse by [Zach Smith]".
At issue is whether Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Do you have a restraining order? Cleveland.com on Wednesday identified nine reports from Powell police involving domestic disputes between the couple from 2012 to 2018. As I do many times - as I imagine most coaches or people in leadership positions - you receive a phone call, the first thing you do is tell your boss. Courtney Smith filed an order of protection against her ex-husband in Delaware, Ohio on July 20.
Meyer is heading into his seventh season at Ohio State, with a record of 73-8, a national title and two Big Ten Conference championships.