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Friday, September 20, 2019

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Ex-Ohio State coach Zach Smith arrested following altercation at kids’ school

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Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith was at the center of the scandal that rocked the Buckeyes football program last year, and it does not sound like he is making a huge effort to change his ways.

Smith, who was fired before the season after allegations of his domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney surfaced, was arrested on Thursday following an altercation at the elementary school his children attend. According to TMZ, Smith violated a protective order by showing up to the school to pick his children up at 3 p.m. when he was not supposed to see them until 6 p.m. Police say an altercation began after school officials confronted Smith, and Courtney called 911.

In an audio of the 911 call, Courtney can be heard telling a dispatcher that Zach “came up behind me and tried to get into the school before I did.” She said Zach was irate and yelling and that the police “need to get someone here ASAP.”

There were questions about how much Urban Meyer knew about the domestic violence history between Smith and his ex, and Smith proved he is a loose cannon with some of his Twitter rants after the incidents came to light. It would be a surprise if he finds a job coaching again anytime soon.

Texas highway sign hilariously trolls Zach Smith

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Tom Herman found his name in the middle of the scandal at Ohio State involving former Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith, and the way the Texas coach responded was clearly appreciated by some Longhorns fans.

Smith, who was fired by Ohio State after it was revealed that he had been accused of assaulting his ex-wife on multiple occasions, went on a massive Twitter rant against Herman earlier this month. Herman also used to work on Meyer’s staff, and Smith alleged in a social media firestorm that Herman cheated on his wife.

The reason Smith was so angry is that he believes Herman was the one who leaked the information that got him in trouble. Smith shared a screenshot of a text message exchange he had with Herman where he told him he was going to expose him for who he really is. Herman simply texted back, “OK. Cool. Hook Em!,” and now you have all the context you need for this hilarious highway sign in Texas:

Smith seemed to think he was going to bring down Herman with his angry tweet storm, but he really only illustrated how much of a loose cannon he is. As you can see, college football fans really had one major takeaway from the text messages Smith shared.

Zach Smith accuses Tom Herman of cheating on wife in massive Twitter rant

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Zach Smith went off on a massive Twitter rant against Tom Herman on Sunday night that he says was inspired by learning that Herman was behind a media leak that got him in trouble at Ohio State.

Smith is the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach who was fired before the season after allegations of his domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney surfaced. Urban Meyer was investigated by Ohio State for his handling of Smith and ended up on paid leave and suspended three games before returning to the program.

In his Twitter rant, Smith decided to out Herman, his former co-worker at Ohio State who is now the head coach at Texas, for allegedly cheating on his wife, Michelle.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets. Beware that they contain some swear words.

Here are some of the specific allegations of Herman cheating that Smith hurled:

Smith also accused Herman of having a drinking problem.

Finally, he admitted that he went on the rant after learning that the Hermans were the source of the leak to reporter Brett McMurphy that exposed Smith.

Smith’s Twitter meltdown comes across as vindictive and makes him look like an angry, unstable, abusive loose cannon, which is exactly what he was accused of being by his ex-wife. Smith probably thought he was going to bring down Herman with his tweet storm, but instead he only proved how unstable he is and how untouchable he would be for a football program. His tweets confirm why his ex-wife needed legal protection from him.

Courtney Smith disputes police report’s account of 2015 arrest

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More details of the domestic abuse allegations against former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith were released on Wednesday, but Smith’s ex-wife says there is at least one important detail in the police report that is inaccurate.

The police documents, which were not released publicly because Smith was never charged, were obtained by The Columbus Dispatch through an anonymous email. Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, confirmed to Dan Murphy of ESPN that much of the details — including that she told police Zach pushed her into a wall and took the couple’s young son with him despite her opposition — were accurate. However, she says the police had some of the information mixed up from the 2015 incident and a previous incident she had reported in 2009.

According to the documents, Courtney told police in 2015 that Ohio State sent a lawyer to her home “convincing her to drop the charge because it would embarrass OSU if she proceeded with the prosecution.” She said she does not remember saying that.

“No way,” Courtney said. “I would have never said that.”

Courtney said she decided not to press charges against Zach after he assaulted her in 2009 following a conversation with Hiram deFries, a member of Urban Meyer’s staff whom Meyer has referred to as his “life coach.” Courtney confirmed on Wednesday that she met with deFries days after Zach was arrested in 2009, and she previously described the meeting to college football reporter Brett McMurphy.

“He said, ‘If you don’t drop the charges, Zach will never coach again,’” Courtney told McMurphy earlier this month. “‘He’s never hit you before. He was drinking. He’ll probably never do it again. You should think about giving him a second chance.’”

It’s worth noting that deFries is a former attorney, so it’s possible there was some confusion in 2015 when Courtney was discussing multiple instances of domestic violence.

Zach Smith has maintained his innocence, and he lashed out at McMurphy and ESPN on social media Wednesday. Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the season for the way he handled the situation.

Fired Ohio State assistant lashes out at Brett McMurphy, ESPN

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Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith is clearly still very angry about the reporting that led to his ousting.

Smith broke his Twitter silence on Wednesday to lash out at college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who originally broke the story that has rocked Ohio State, as well as ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum, who has been very critical of both Smith and coach Urban Meyer as the story has unfolded.

Smith may be responding to Finebaum’s most recent comments on Meyer’s future at Ohio State. The coach is set to serve a three-game suspension stemming from his handling of abuse allegations made by Smith’s ex-wife Courtney. His reasons for disliking McMurphy are obvious — his reporting may have come after Smith had already lost his job, but it has blown the whole story open and irreparably damaged Meyer’s standing in the eyes of many.

Smith has used Twitter to lash out before. It’s clear that the evidence is against him, though, and the damage done to his reputation is permanent.

Zach Smith takes aim at Ohio State investigation in tweet

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Zach Smith took aim at the Ohio State internal investigation in a tweet sent on Thursday night.

Smith continues to fiercely defend himself against allegations that he abused his ex-wife Courtney. He also was critical of the internal investigation in a somewhat incoherent tweet sent Thursday night.

Smith was arrested for allegedly assaulting his then-wife Courtney in 2009 and 2015, though no charges were filed. He was fired by Ohio State last month after news of a protective order being filed against him was made public.

In addition to the assault allegations he has faced from Courtney, the investigation revealed that Smith’s trip to a strip club in 2014 led to a warning from Urban Meyer; that Smith ordered thousands of dollars of sex toys to his office; had a sexual affair with a subordinate; and engaged in other unprofessional behavior, such as taking a picture of his genitals at the White House.

Smith’s attorney has blamed Courtney’s “vengeance” for causing these issues for Ohio State.

Zach Smith’s attorney blames Courtney’s ‘vengeance’ for causing issues

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The attorney for Zach Smith says that the former Ohio State wide receivers coach’s ex-wife Courtney is to blame for all the issues surrounding the Buckeyes.

Ohio State on Wednesday night announced a three-game suspension for head coach Urban Meyer for his mishandling of Zach Smith, who was arrested multiple times for allegedly abusing Courtney.

Zach Smith has consistently denied abusing Courtney, which led to a statement from his attorney Brad Koffel on Wednesday.

“Zach Smith married a woman he should not have married,” Koffel said in a statement. “Vengeance against her ex-husband regrettably resulted in collateral damage to Urban Meyer, Gene Smith and The Ohio State University. Trying cases in the media is a dangerous precedent for every other coach in America.”

Meyer showed very little contrition towards Courtney Smith when speaking at a press conference on Wednesday. When asked what his message to her would be, he said, “I have a message for everyone in this, I’m sorry we are in this situation.”

An Ohio State reporter claimed earlier this month that the accusations from Courtney are part of a revenge ploy against Zach for cheating on her.