Urban Meyer, coach of college football powerhouse Ohio State, insisted Friday that he followed procedure in reporting domestic violence allegations against a now-former assistant.
"I've never hit my wife".
What Meyerknew about the allegations and what he did about them has ballooned into a crisis for one of the most storied programs in college football history. The head coach has acknowledged knowing of a 2009 incident.
Zach Smith said Urban Meyer confronted him, saying: "What the hell's going on?"
Question: If Meyer's superiors knew about this, then why was Meyer put on administrative leave and not Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith?
"I felt it was my private life and didn't feel it was his problem to deal with because it was a marital problem I had", Smith said.
Meyer had previously denied any knowledge of the allegations.
"I know nothing; never had a conversation about that; who would create a story like that & If I (knew) I would have made a change". I knew how to get her going.
Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith.
In the tweet, Smith admits to having strangled his wife on a trip to Punta Cana. Meyer said he plans to address the issue publicly "at the appropriate time", but has refrained "out of respect for the ongoing inquiry". What is this? What is this?' And I told him, I laid it all out for him. I don't know what else to tell you.
Regarding the photos that show bruises and blood on Courtney Smith, Zach Smith said Friday during an interview on Columbus, Ohio, radio station WXZX: "I'm not discounting that (they are authentic)". Like I said, it was a toxic relationship. Murphy then asks "You never hit her?" and Smith says "Never hit her".
"No, I haven't talked to him since I got released", he told ESPN.
"When I stood up to him, he didn't like it. My daughter was clinging to my leg", she told Stadium. Smith has never been criminally charged. While over three decades of coaching I have learned to ignore how others define me, I do feel it necessary to share the truth with the Buckeye family.
Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smithbroke his silence, and he made it clear that Urban Meyer was aware of his incidents in 2015.
He said the administrator told him to be on the next plane home because "We need to find out what is going on". It's the right thing to do, and it would send the message that not only Ohio State, but also these two men, are true to their words and really do care about the welfare and safety of women.
Meyer writes in his statement that he "was not adequately prepared" to discuss the issue at Big Ten media days, and says that he did not intend to "say anything inaccurate". Zach Smith said that after speaking to Gene Smith about them, he spoke to Meyer. "We got divorced because of it". He met Urban Meyer, and he saw a potential for coaching in Smith.
Smith said he and Meyer have not been in contact. But that news did not immediately lead to Meyer firing Smith. He previously served as head coach at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green.
The thing is, this is the same two-faced Meyer we knew at the University of Florida.
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