Courtney Smith says she believes that Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was aware of her allegations that she was abused by a man then in Meyer's employ.
Smith told Stadium Sports that in 2009 her now ex-husband, Zach Smith, who was a coaching intern under Meyer at the time, threw her into a wall.
She called police, but told reporter Kristen Balboni that "Urban Meyer's attorney" as well as Zach Smith's family pressured her to drop the charges.
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, opens up about reported domestic violence and what she believes Meyer knew. pic.twitter.com/dNWA9x2F4y— Stadium (@WatchStadium) August 1, 2018
At Big Ten Media day, Meyer said investigators, whom he didn't identify, informed him the 2009 incident did not happen the way Courtney Smith or the resulting police report described it.
That is why Meyer said he was comfortable in hiring Zach Smith to be his wide receivers coach at Ohio State.
That, however, is when Courtney Smith said things got really bad.
"When we got here, everything went completely out of control," Smith told Stadium Sports. "And that is because I truly believe his life was spiraling out of control. He was under a lot of pressure."
Cleveland.com uncovered nine reports, which they obtained from Powell police dating between between January 1, 2012 and July 26, 2018 involving Zach and/or Courtney Smith and domestic disputes.
Meyer told the Ohio State beat media that almost immediately after he learned about the October 2015 police report last week, he dismissed Smith.
Courtney Smith, though, said it was just after that 2015 date that she informed Meyer's wife Shelley of what was happening.
Reporter Brett McMurphy posted text messages that he argued show that.
As to whether Courtney Smith believes Shelley shared the information with her husband and thus whether Urban Meyer knew the extent of the allegations?
"I believe he does," Smith said.
At the time this was published, Ohio State had not answered our request for comment.
UPDATE: The university announced they will be conducting an investigation. During the course of the investigation, Meyer will be on paid leave and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach.
Zach Smith's attorney Brad Koffel said, "Zach Smith wants to be as transparent and honest as possible but it is not going to be done today through the media. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify."