Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

OSU football coach Urban Meyer says he followed protocol

OSU football coach Urban Meyer says he followed protocol

Zach Smith - whom Meyer fired July 23 as his wide receivers coach after a charge in May of criminal trespassing for driving to his ex-wife's residence - told ESPN that athletic director Gene Smith called him to campus in 2015 after Courtney Smith said he assaulted her.

Smith said in a Friday interview with the network that he believed it was an issue between him and his wife and that Meyer didn't need to be kept in loop. A lawsuit naming the Ohio State University Diving Club accuses former coach William Bohonyi of sexually preying on two divers, one of them a minor.

Meyer issued the statement while Smith was giving an interview to ESPN.

Ohio State's plan was seemingly to ride the wave of silence into the weekend, to let the latest official tidbit of information in the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga be what it released Thursday evening: That the university formed an independent board working group to assist in the investigation of this whole thing.

The layers of the 2015 Zach Smith situation which centers on domestic abuse, while also involving the Ohio State football team continues to be revealed. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.

"My words, whether in a reply to a reporter's question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate", Meyer said. In addition, he also acknowledged his mistake in how he approaches questions during the Big Ten Conference's recent media day.

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Meyer said his intention at media day was not to say anything inaccurate.

You weren't prepared to discuss the topic even though the volatile story of your cover-up broke earlier in the week? He said he spoke to Meyer in 2015 about the allegations. "All I know is I never hit my wife". I don't know what else Urban Meyer could have done. I said, "Coach, if I hit her, I wouldn't come in here". He needed to make decisions based on those facts, I don't think it was his job to investigate, to ask questions, to talk to her; he only had to talk to me, because he already got the other side of the story from the incident report. Meyer knew. So why did the coach, in nine separate, direct questions at media days, deny as much?

Translation: Don't blame me; blame my bosses. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday. Prior to the texts being published, Meyer claimed ignorance ― and pledged he'd have fired Smith in 2015 had he known. It denies any grounds that Ohio State could use to fire him with cause. Among the five - in all capital letters - is "TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT". Smith also was a graduate assistant for Meyer at Florida for five seasons. Jarmond echoed the zero-tolerance stance.

After Zach's radio interview, McMurphy tweeted a screenshot of text messages between Zach and Courtney, where Zach apologized for strangling his wife on a trip to Punta Cana in 2015. He brought Rainey back just in time so he could score a touchdown and help lead the Gators to a 34-31 victory over rival Georgia. Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, allegedly told Urban Meyer's wife about the abuse in October 2015.

Courtney Smith told McMurphy: "He took me and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck". He wanted to know what really happened from me and then he let the police do their job.

Except if you coached under Urban Meyer at Ohio State or played for Urban Meyer at Florida. Our core values are just that-values that do not ever waver.

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