Ohio State University said this week that Meyer will be on paid administrative leave and Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach. At Big Ten media days last week, Meyer had denied any knowledge of the incident. Meyer and Zach Smith both added essential pieces to their sides of the story that was mainly being told through the reporting of Brett McMurphy, and it happened nearly in unison as Zach Smith sternly said he. Courtney Smith said she was not sure if Urban Meyer knew about the allegations.
Two days after he was placed on paid administrative leave and less than two weeks after Zach Smith was sacked, Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer has released a statement on Twitter Friday afternoon. At the time, Smith was an assistant coach to Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false".
Meyer denied any intention to deceive in the statement released on his Twitter account, saying that he, "was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media". Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media Days on July 24th, I failed on many of these fronts.
He said Gene Smith was alerted by police about the 2015 allegations.
Courtney Smith, however, said in an interview with Stadium, a sports network, on Wednesday that Zach Smith had been abusing her as early as 2009. After speaking to the police, he went to practice and saw Meyer. I volunteered to do that. If I hit her, I wouldn't even come to work; I would know it's over.
The fired Ohio State assistant coach at the center of the scandal threatening to envelop Urban Meyer claims he never hit or abused his ex-wife.
"My heart is heavy today as I witness the toll that events of the past week have taken on the Buckeye Family and the university community that I love so dearly", Meyer said.
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.
During his interview with ESPN, Zach Smith was read Meyer's statement.
Calling anything in Urban Meyer's statement "honest" and "heartfelt" is pure, unabashed, unadulterated, unconditional garbage. He's alleging he did everything right in a bad situation, correctly handling allegations against a coach who maintains publicly that he did nothing wrong, a coach he turned around and fired three years later when similar allegations arose. Murphy then asks "You never hit her?" and Smith says "Never hit her".
"I believe it's a private matter between two people in a marriage, unless something happened that's illegal", he said. "I pushed her buttons a lot".
"We had a toxic relationship, we had a volatile relationship".
Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate actions. "I was never told about anything". Meyer has said he and his wife tried to counsel the couple at the time. "Just stay away", Courtney Smith responded.