The college football world was rocked Wednesday by a report Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer knew more about alleged domestic violence committed by one of his assistant coaches than he has previously admitted.
UPDATE: Thursday, the university's board of trustees formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation. This group includes current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate. Also on the panel are former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.
The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter.
Here is what you need to know to get caught up on the story:
1. The story originates from an incident in 2009 between a Meyer protege and his then-girlfriend.
Zach Smith, a former Bowling Green player for Meyer who joined his staff at Florida in the late ‘00s as a graduate assistant, was accused of violence against his pregnant girlfriend in Gainesville.
Meyer acknowledged that along with his wife, Shelley, he provided counseling for the couple, who eventually got married and had two children.
2. Another alleged incident in 2015 is the catalyst for the current controversy.
National college football reporter Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday that Courtney Smith told Shelley Meyer she was still being abused by Zach Smith in 2015.
McMurphy relayed texts between the two women as well as texts between Courtney Smith and the wife of another OSU staffer indicating Urban Meyer had talked to Zach Smith about the abuse.
However, McMurphy said during an appearance on ESPN late Wednesday night he had no direct evidence Meyer was told of the 2015 allegations.
In an interview with Stadium, Courtney Smith said Shelley Meyer had told her she would have to tell her husband, but Smith was unaware if that actually happened.
3. Zach Smith was fired July 23 after violating a civil protection order.
That stemmed from a disagreement over where the couple would exchange their son on May 12.