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Bernstein: Only An Idiot Would Believe Urban Meyer

Evidence suggests Meyer lied in saying he didn't know of a domestic abuse incident.

Dan Bernstein
August 01, 2018 - 2:34 pm

(670 The Score) No reasonable person can now conclude that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer did anything but lie through his teeth about not knowing that a Buckeyes assistant coach brutally attacked his wife in 2015.

At Big Ten media day last week in Chicago, Meyer stood in front of reporters and said not only was he unaware of anything happening but it was all made up out of thin air.

"I got a text late last night something happened in 2015 -- and there was nothing," he said. "Once again, there's nothing -- once again, I don't know who creates a story like that." 

And this was despite the existence of police reports documenting what receivers coach Zach Smith did to his wife, Courtney.

"I was never told about anything, anything never came to light, never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that," Meyer claimed.

There was far more than nothing, and he knew long before the night before that press conference. Courtney Smith shared pictures and text conversations with reporter Brett McMurphy, who detailed and documented everything in a voluminous story posted Wednesday morning. Included were multiple photos of the cuts and bruises inflicted by Smith, as well as several exchanges with Meyer's wife, Shelley, who not only made it clear that she was concerned for the victim's safety but that she felt compelled to inform her husband.

In another text string between Courtney Smith and the wife of another Buckeyes assistant, it's obvious that Urban Meyer was weighing what he had learned about the 2015 incident against what Zach Smith had told him didn't happen, evidence that he knew of conflicting stories.

Shelley Meyer is also an instructor at the Ohio State school of nursing and would have been bound by Title IX regulation to report such abuse -- and is required similarly as a registered nurse. Her husband is also mandated to report.

As we at time of publication await any official response from the Meyers and the school, we anticipate the possibility that Meyer can stand on the razor-thin implausibility that his wife never actually let him know about any of what was going on in 2015 and that the other conversation about his conflicted feelings was entirely unfounded. This wouldn't protect his wife from being fired, having her nursing license stripped and exposing herself and Ohio State to potential civil litigation, but he could try it in a brazenly transparent attempt to keep his job if his bosses want to try that hard to believe him and let him get away with it.

We'll now learn a great deal more about Ohio State, long after they stood on moral principle in dismissing Jim Tressel as football coach for the transgression of allowing players to trade memorabilia for tattoos.

The only people who could possibly believe Urban Meyer's version of events at this point are the willfully ignorant and the irretrievably stupid. Officials running a massive public university aren't as likely to be the latter, but they wouldn't be the first or last to have money and power turn them into the latest, shameful version of the former.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​