Eli Apple, former Ohio State players react to Urban Meyer investigation

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Bob Evans Restaurants removed ads featuring Urban Meyer from its website Thursday, hours after the Ohio State football coach was placed on paid leave amid an investigation into a former assistant coach's alleged domestic abuse.

Any downward trend for the Buckeyes has been relatively short-lived, as their last three coaches - Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and John Cooper - were all able to transition out of potential turbulence and quickly get Ohio State back into the top 10.

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

You can say you would've handled things differently, but that overlooks the larger, much more important, issue. Ryan Day, who has been the team's offensive coordinator, will be acting head football coach while Meyer is on leave. Zach Smith has denied the allegations. It's unfortunate that the guy (Zach Smith) was allowed to be on the staff for that long a period of time.

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of onetime Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against her ex-husband on July 20. But Meyer said he knew nothing of the 2015 abuse allegations until the day he let Smith go.

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Just days ago, the Ohio-based restaurant chain announced an endorsement deal with Meyer and proclaimed him its "head breakfast coach".

Smith was sacked July 23 after reports surfaced that his ex-wife filed an order of protection against him.

"Sometimes you get in life something you don't like ... you have to do something different", he told USA TODAY Sports in December.

From making sure every minute of practice is accounted for to fretting over what players are putting in their bodies at the dining hall, no detail is too small for a coach's prying eyes. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday. Last week at Big Ten media days, the coach said he was aware of a 2009 case in which Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife while coaching at Florida. Those messages include pictures of a bruised Courtney Smith. I've never had a conversation about it. First I heard about that was last night. "I'm not sure where that comes up".

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