(24/7 News) -- Ohio State University is placing head football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. Multiple outlets report the school is investigating a claim by Courtney Smith that the head coach knew of domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, recently fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
Courtney Smith told Stadium that she believes Meyer knew of the allegations at the time. Smith claims she had spoken repeatedly about the alleged abuse with Meyer's wife Shelley, who reportedly said she would "have to tell Urban". Smith stated in an interview that she "does not know" for certain if Shelley Meyer did notify the head OSU coach. Urban Meyer denied any knowledge during Big Ten Media Days last week.
Meyer issued a statement saying that he and athletic director Gene Smith feel its best to be placed on leave during the investigation to allow minimal distraction at camp.
The Buckeyes begin practice on Friday.