If true, Urban Meyer has to go

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Ohio State will now look into what Urban Meyer knew and when, which could determine whether he remains coach of the Buckeyes.

In the wake of the report, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. We expect Coach Meyer to bring out the best in us as he comes to the table with a winning attitude, impressive football resume and of course a mutual appreciation for farm fresh quality and hearty breakfast foods.

Meyer is accused of knowing in 2015 that Smith was involved in an alleged domestic dispute with his then-wife, Courtney Smith, college football reporter Brett McMurphy wrote on Wednesday.

Hours after Courtney Smith's interview was posted online Wednesday, Ohio State said it was conducting an investigation into the allegations and Meyer was being placed on leave.

If Ohio State learned of the 2015 incident - and Smith remained on staff - it also is a big-time moral failure by the university and athletics department. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife.

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That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States.

The day after Smith was sacked, Meyer was asked about the allegations during the Big Ten Conference Football Media Day.

If the allegations against Meyer are true, the only option for Ohio State is to terminate his contract. It is not clear what contact Meyer had, if any, with university officials about the situation until Smith was sacked last month.

The fact remains, Smith has not been convicted of any domestic violence issues.

Add it all up, however, and Meyer's future in Columbus is more than murky. Smith has never been criminally charged. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday. "I don't know who creates a story like that". "No, and I asked some people back at the office to call and say what happened and they came back and said they know nothing about it".

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