GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jeff Snook, an author/reporter who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, reported on his Facebook page earlier this week that people would be “shocked” to hear some of the details that emerge from the investigation into Urban Meyer regarding how he handled domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote. “And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”Today, Snook published some new bombshell, alleged details surrounding the Zach Smith-Courtney Smith storyline.According to a report by Snook, Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, is speaking out in defense of Zach Smith.And if you were looking for more Facebook reports, here’s the latest wild turn in this Ohio State saga with Jeff Snook quoting Courtney Smith’s mother speaking out … in defense of Zach Smith. https://t.co/JqasoJkuQo— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) August 9, 2018From his report:(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”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.”Zach Smith has been accused of domestic violence against Courtney Smith both in 2009 and 2015. He denied ever hitting his wife in multiple interviews last week.The details of the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith can be read via Brett McMurphy’s reporting here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last week. The Buckeyes said the investigation is set to take two weeks.
United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi announced today that Sheikh Ghazi Al-Yawar, the current head of Iraq’s Governing Council, will be President of the interim government that will take over from the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) at the end of the month.That position had been offered to former Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi but he declined for personal reasons, said Mr. Brahimi, who has been in the country since early May meeting with a broad spectrum of Iraqis to help them agree on the administration that will inherit sovereignty on 30 June and guide the country until elections are held in January 2005.He also announced the appointment of Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways as deputy presidents. Mr. Brahimi said he had given his recommendations for the composition of the Cabinet to Prime Minister Designate Ayad Allawi, who was named on Friday. Mr. Allawi is expected to announce those later today.The envoy noted that his month-long consultations have involved the Governing Council, the CPA and “a very large number of representatives of the public, including political parties, professional associations, trade unions, tribal and religious leaders, academics and intellectuals, women’s and youth organizations, and others.”At a ceremony this morning in Baghdad unveiling the new interim government, Mr. Brahimi called the event “the first step of this road which will be, no doubt, long and difficult.”I believe that those who were chosen to perform this mission will be qualified and effective and capable for it,” he added.The envoy also told those present that he did not come to Iraq to work as an international civil servant. “I tried to work as one of you – a brother who believes in this country, a brother who loves this country, a brother who considers this country his, and looks forward to several visits in the future, not for work, but for meeting the brothers and the friends.”A UN spokesman reported that Mr. Brahimi is now working towards the establishment of a Preparatory Committee for a national conference.