OSU football coach Urban Meyer says he followed protocol

By Canadian Press

By Canadian Press

Legal experts saw Meyer's maneuver in releasing the statement as a potential avenue toward a resolution for Meyer. Police reports were made about two separate incidents, but Zach Smith has never been criminally charged. But Smith was only fired on July 23 after an OH court granted Courtney Smith a domestic violence protective order.

Smith told ESPN it would be "a crime" if Meyer lost his job over this. He said that he was on a recruiting trip in October 2015 when he was called back to campus by athletic director Gene Smith.

Zach Smith said he believes the Powell Police Department notified the university of the situation, not Meyer. "Once again, there's nothing-once again, I don't know who creates a story like that".

Meyer's future remains unclear as the team begins preparation for its opener September 1 at home against Oregon State. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is acting head coach and there is no timeline for the Meyer inquiry to conclude. "And this is a guy who fired me".

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer issued a statement Friday saying that he "failed" when he denied knowing about domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistant coaches, Zach Smith. Meyer apologized for his dismissive remarks he gave about the 2015 abuse allegations at Big Ten media days, and writes that he hopes to rejoin the Ohio State football team "soon". "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false". Murphy then asks "You never hit her?" and Smith says "Never hit her". Meyer's wording left a clear message of the statement's core desire - "I am confident that I took appropriate action.... All I know is I never hit my wife, I never beat her, nothing". Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it. I don't know where or what they are from. As for 2015? "I got a text late last night something happened in 2015", Meyer said that day.

Meyers, who is on paid leave, said in his statement that he intends to fully cooperate with the university as it conducts its own investigation.

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In an interview with Columbus radio station 97.1 The Fan, Smith says he "made mistakes" but didn't threaten his ex-wife, Courtney, as she contends. The Smiths divorced in 2016.

Meyer's statement was read to Zach Smith during his interview with ESPN. He previously served as head coach at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green.

Zach Smith, when asked about the texts, said he did not recall any altercation with his ex-wife in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. He said he would address questions in a public forum "at the appropriate time".

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former wide receiver coach Zach Smith, alleged publicly that she told Meyer's wife in 2015 that she'd been assaulted by Smith.

Meyer is 73-8 in his six seasons with the Buckeyes, including winning the 2014 national championship. "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading".

When that happens, there will be more understanding as to what will happen going forward in multiple aspects of the Ohio State football program, the university, and multiple individuals.

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