'Here Is the Truth': Urban Meyer Responds to Allegations

Sidelined OSU coach gives his side of the story
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2018 12:44 PM CDT
'Here Is the Truth': Urban Meyer Responds to Allegations
In this Sept. 16, 2017 photo, Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith watches before the start of an NCAA college football game against Army in Columbus, Ohio.   (Marvin Fong//The Plain Dealer via AP)

Urban Meyer is insisting that he properly handled 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches at the time, though he acknowledged he was not forthright with reporters when questioned last week about the claims, the AP reports. The assistant Meyer fired, Zach Smith, also spoke up on Friday, denying that he abused his ex-wife, backing his former boss and placing Ohio State's athletic director into the middle of the picture. Two days after Ohio State sidelined Meyer and opened an investigation into what its superstar coach knew and did about accusations of abuse made against Smith by his ex-wife, two central figures in this college football drama answered some questions—and left much to be explained.

Meyer posted a statement addressed to Buckeyes fans on Twitter not long after his team, expected to be one of the best in the nation, opened practice for the upcoming season without him. "Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida and now at the Ohio State University I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels," he writes. "And I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015." Zach Smith was fired last week by Meyer, a few days after his wife obtained a protective order against him. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday.

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