Urban Meyer Gets Hit With Some More Awful News. It’s Absolute Chaos At Ohio State

David Hookstead | Reporter

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been banned from contacting players and coaches while he’s under investigation.

Bleacher Report reported the following Thursday:

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is not allowed to communicate with Buckeyes players or members of the team’s coaching staff while on administrative leave during an investigation into the handling of 2015 domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

On Thursday, Ohio State associate vice president for university communications Christopher Davey confirmed to Bill Landis of Cleveland.com that Meyer is also banned from campus and doesn’t have access to any “university-issued communication devices,” including his OSU email account.

This situation in Columbus, Ohio, is getting out of control, and I have no idea what is going to come next. Who would have guessed that right before the season started Meyer would be placed on paid administrative leave as he was investigated for whether or not he properly reported allegations of domestic violence against an assistant back in 2015? (RELATED: OHIO STATE PUTS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH ON LEAVE AFTER DOMESTIC ABUSE SCANDAL. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW)

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

This whole situation is going to boil down to what can and can’t be proven. Here’s the reality of what’s going on. If it can be proven that Urban Meyer knew about allegations against Zach Smith and didn’t do anything, then he’s in deep trouble. However, proving something of that magnitude is much easier said than done. Anything less, and I don’t think he gets canned. Ohio State isn’t dumping Meyer unless they absolutely have to. (RELATED: URBAN MEYER RELEASES STATEMENT, CLAIMS HE LIED ABOUT NOT KNOWING ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS)

As for being banned from contacting players and coaches, you can read it two ways. The first way is that they just want Meyer to stay silent while he’s on administrative leave so it looks like he’s not interfering. The other way to read it is that OSU is getting nervous and is trying to push him as far from his circle as they can. I’d choose the former before the latter. OSU needs this investigation to look as legit as they can so that, when they choose to keep him, it appears they made the fairest choice possible.

Keep checking back to The Smoke Room for more updates on the developing situation at Ohio State.

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