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Friday, June 5, 2020

Fired Ohio State assistant claims he ‘never’ abused ex-wife

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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.

Zach Smith, the former Buckeye wide receivers coach who was arrested in 2009 and 2015 after being accused of domestic violence, denied all wrongdoing in an interview with 105.7 the Zone in Columbus, claiming that he and his ex-wife had an unhappy relationship but denied ever hitting her.

Smith went on to say that, in light of the 2015 allegations, athletic director Gene Smith spoke to him and conducted an investigation, but that he was ultimately cleared and allowed to continued coaching. Even now, he feels that his firing was unjust and a response to “media uproar.”

Smith claimed he had no knowledge of where bruises on his ex-wife Courtney could have come from, and added that coach Urban Meyer and his wife Shelley “weren’t really involved” in the 2015 incident.

There is a lot here that doesn’t add up. It has been reported that the 2015 case was never resolved, which is very different from being closed and dropped. Smith’s ex-wife has received a protective order against him. Now Smith is claiming that Ohio State conducted an investigation in 2015, while Urban Meyer originally claimed that he didn’t even know about that incident before ultimately backtracking in a statement on Friday, where he claimed he followed the proper protocols.

None of this looks good for Ohio State. Smith’s story doesn’t really hold water, and at best, the school was woefully ignorant of what was going on. At worst, they were complicit in ignoring it and keeping him on staff.

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