New Report Alleges Courtney Smith “Planned” To Take Down Urban Meyer
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)A new report from author Jeff Snook, who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, alleges that members of Zach and Courtney Smith’s family believed the ex-wife had been planning to take down her ex-husband and head coach Urban Meyer.The report, published on Facebook, quotes multiple members of Zach and Courtney Smith’s family.Courtney, according to the report, allegedly told Zach that she was going to take down him and Meyer.From his report:Lynn Bruce, mother of fired Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith and daughter of the late Earle Bruce, told me last night that her ex-daughter-in-law Courtney Carano Smith vowed as far back as 2013 that she would “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.” “She told me that not one time, but in fact she said it several times over the years,” Bruce said. She was driven by revenge when she found out her husband had cheated on her, Bruce said. “When she found out five years ago that Zach had cheated on her, she was so angry that she vowed to me she would get back at him someday. And she said she would take Urban down, too,” she said. “And this is exactly what she did. She wanted to do as much damage as possible. “She has been planning this for some time.”The story has reportedly been corroborated by Courtney Smith’s mother.Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version. When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.” As far as ever hearing her daughter say she would “take Zach down,” she replied, “Yes.”Snook’s entire report can be seen here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last Wednesday night. The investigation into how these allegations were handled is expected to take two weeks.Stay tuned.