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Meyer is in the hot seat as Ohio State investigates whether he was aware of domestic violence allegations involving a former assistant coach.

The Buckeyes planned to open their first football practice Friday without Meyer, who was put on administrative leave during the probe and also suspended from an endorsement deal by restaurant chain Bob Evans. Meyer said he and his wife, Shelley, addressed the incident with the Smiths, but that's about as far as it went.

"It's a insane, unfortunate situation", Apple said after training camp practice on Thursday.

The group also will "be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter", the university said in a statement.

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach in Meyer's absence.

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When Meyer was hired by the Buckeyes, Smith again joined the staff as a receivers coach and ace recruiter. Shelley Meyer allegedly told Courtney Smith that "she was going to have to tell Urban" about the abuse.

Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife.

"Well he is a good friend of mine and a good football coach", Whittingham said when asked rather unspecifically about his thoughts on Meyer.

"Sometimes you get in life something you don't like ... you have to do something different", he told USA TODAY Sports in December. Meyer acknowledges he knew about a 2009 incident when he hired Smith but says he didn't hear of the latest allegation until last week. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players. The firing came on the same day the 2009 allegation against Zach Smith was reported, along with police reports detailing two other accusations Courtney Smith made against Zach Smith in the fall of 2015. Charges were never filed. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. "I don't know. Someone texted me that last night".

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