Fired Ohio State assistant claims he 'never' abused ex-wife

By Canadian Press

By Canadian Press

In an extended Twitter post, Meyer said that while at both Florida and Ohio State, he has always followed proper protocols and procedures when he's heard of incidents similar to the Smith matter.

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith, claimed that several people close to Meyer knew of the domestic violence accusations she made against Smith years before Meyer fired him on July 23.

Ohio State Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave earlier this week as the university investigates what Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked last month. Zach Smith was the team's wide receivers' coach. "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false".

Meyer said his intention at media days was not to say anything inaccurate and he apologized. Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban, she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith said in a comment.

More important, Meyer insisted he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" regarding the 2015 incident and made it clear he will not resign from Ohio State, where he is 73-8 over six seasons with a national title and two Big Ten championships. I do feel it necessary to share the truth with the Buckeye family. And that's why your statement and Zach Smith's coinciding interview on ESPN can only be perceived as a pitifully orchestrated PR ploy to save your job.

In Meyer's place, the Buckeyes - who kicked off fall camp on Friday - named quarterbacks coach Ryan Day as acting head coach.

Zach Smith was sacked from Ohio State in July after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass during a dispute with Courtney Smith.

Meyer's statement is pathetic in many ways - no more so than the fact that he is trying to blame his superiors for keeping Smith on his staff.

Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright when questioned last week about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the time.

Translation: Don't blame me; blame my bosses. Prior to the texts being published, Meyer claimed ignorance ― and pledged he'd have fired Smith in 2015 had he known.

Meyer is absolutely shameless in blaming his bosses.

Meyer said he believes he will be vindicated once all of the information comes out.

If that was Ohio State's plan, it failed miserably. Among the five - in all capital letters - is "TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT". Problem is, 10 days earlier, Meyer had categorically denied knowing anything at all. An independent journalist then produced text messages between Courtney and Shelley that confirm the exchange. He brought Rainey back just in time so he could score a touchdown and help lead the Gators to a 34-31 victory over rival Georgia.

"The power of what I say and how I say it, especially regarding sensitive and serious domestic issues, has never been more evident than now", Urban Meyer wrote. So he wanted to know what really happened from me and then he let the police do their job. I don't know what else to tell you. Our core values are just that-values that do not ever waver.

And now he has violated the public trust with his constant lying and denying.

Smith also explained that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called him following the 2015 incident and told him to "get on the next plane home".

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