Ohio State says special, independent board formed in Urban Meyer investigation

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The son of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno wrote in a blog post Wedneday that Ohio State needed to be pragmatic in its investigation into Meyer's actions (or possible lack thereof) regarding domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. However, a purported text message conversation between Courtney Smith and one of Meyer's longtime football staffersseemed to show that Meyer discussed the 2015 allegations with Smith at the time, which the assistant denied.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season.

"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement. Zach Boren, a free agent fullback who went to Ohio State, said the allegations against Smith from his ex-wife have nothing to do with Meyer.

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She continued, "When somebody is crying out for help, I believe, the coach along with the coach's wife have a duty".

On Thursday night, Ohio State announced it formed an independent board "related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer".

The group also will "be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter", the university said in a statement.

The most recent charge occurred in May, during an incident that occurred when Zach Smith dropped off the couple's son at his wife's home.

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After Courtney Smith drove the woman home, a fight with her husband ensued and he allegedly grabbed her by the shirt and threw her. Zach Smith was arrested for aggravated battery. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.

In 2009, Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife while he was working for Meyer in Gainesville, Florida.

Joe Paterno's career four-decade career as Penn State coach ended when he was sacked amid questions about how much he knew about Sandusky's past crimes and whether he acted appropriately with allegations he was told of by an assistant coach. "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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