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Archive for August 2nd, 2018

As Urban Meyer investigation unfolds, Ohio State Football keeping media away for the time being

With every August, comes Ohio State Football Fall Camp which leads to the opening of the new season. All of the media across the State of Ohio look forward to interviews with coaches and players.

But recent events will prevent that from happening for awhile.

An Ohio State Sports Information issued this statement on Thursday: ”The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed. We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday.”

With the investigation into head coach Urban Meyer’s knowledge or no knowledge of former assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic violence issues, the football program will not make any coaches or players available for interviews, and will keep fall camp practices closed until further notice.

Ohio State Football practices are not normally open to the media, but every once in awhile they typically makes the first 40-45 minutes at a handful of fall camp practices available as opportunities for observations, photo and video.

2018 Amway Coaches Preseason Poll has Ohio State at #3

 

 

Once again, Alabama is projected as the team to beat in College Football and Clemson on their heels at #2. The Buckeyes have been given consideration and they have been selected at #3.

Alabama, who won its fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban last season, garnered 61 first-place votes by votes from a panel of major college football coaches in the poll which was released on Thursday.

The Associated Press media poll is to be released Aug. 20.

Amway Projected Top 25 Preseason

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Ohio State

4. Georgia

5. Oklahoma

6. Washington

7. Wisconsin

8. Miami (Fla)

9. Penn State

10. Auburn

11. Notre Dame

12. Michigan State

13. Stanford

14. Michigan

15. Southern California

16. TCU

17. Virginia Tech

18. Mississippi State

19. Florida State

20. West Virginia

21. Texas

22.Boise State

23. Central Florida

24. LSU

25. Oklahoma State

 

Bob Evans halting partnership with “Head Breakfast Coach” Urban Meyer during Ohio State investigation

(courtesy Bob Evans Restaurants)

Urban Meyer 2017 photo by By Thomas Matty, United States Army, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

It is amazing how quickly things can change! Even in a matter of three days and even hours.

Just recently on Monday, Bob Evans announced that Meyer would be the face of their new fall breakfast menu, calling him their ‘Head Breakfast Coach’.

Now, Bob Evans has had a change of heart due to the current status of Coach Meyer.

The 54-year-old Meyer, who was about to start his seventh season heading the Ohio State program with an impressive record of 73-8, was placed on paid adminstrative leave on Wednesday by the university following allegations that he knew about the domestic violence claims of Courtney Smith, ex-wife of former wide receivers and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith from 2015. Mrs. Smith recently has spoken out that Coach Meyer knew.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Bob Evans Restaurants said they are halting the campaign while Ohio State conducts its investigation into the allegations surrounding the popular Buckeyes coach.

“At Bob Evans Restaurants, we believe strongly in the family first values upon which the company was founded. We are suspending the current partnership with Urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation.”

 

Urban Meyer placed on Administrative Leave by Ohio State

Urban Meyer (megasportsnews.com photo)

Ohio State announced Wednesday evening that head football coach Urban Meyer had been placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigated allegations that he knew a former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith had been accused of domestic abuse in 2015.

In a statement released by the university, Meyer said he and Athletic Director Gene Smith had agreed “that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”

 

Meyer said last week at the Big Ten Conference Media Days that he had not heard of the domestic abuse accusations until recent days, but a report on Wednesday suggested that Meyer had known about the accusations for far longer. The allegations have been made by Courtney Smith, ex-wife of Smith. She claims that the Buckeyes coach had to have known because she disclosed everything to Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife.

Ohio State and Coach Meyer fired Zach Smith last week after reports started to surface that Mrs. Smith had filed a domestic violence protection order against him the previous Friday and he had recently been charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Despite Ohio State having two former head coaches on their staff, Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson, with previous experience as head coaches at major college programs at Rutgers and Indiana, respectively, got bypassed in favor of a rising star in the profession to run the team during the investigation. Ryan Day, a 39-year-old co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who joined the program a year ago, Smith said in the university statement.