Urban Meyer says he failed on media day dealing with Zach Smith


And not incidentally: it may be absolutely true. "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", Meyer wrote. That would be beyond brazen.

Joe Paterno's career four-decade career as Penn State coach ended when he was sacked amid questions about how much he knew about Sandusky's past crimes and whether he acted appropriately with allegations he was told of by an assistant coach. However, Urban Meyer claims that he did not know about Zach Smith's abusive behavior until now, and fired him when he found out. At that point, Ohio State knew of at least two accusations of domestic violence against Smith.

"In 2015, I came forward with it". Domestic violence is one of many definitions of sexual misconduct in the policy. There is no indication thus far that he was.

During his ESPN interview, Smith confirmed that spoke with Meyer in 2015 following the incident in question.

Smith often responded to that flak in a less-than-productive way. Zach Smith has to appear in court on August 22, 2018, for a hearing related to the criminal trespassing charge against him. This wasn't just some random coach Meyer had hired in the past couple of years. This is a personnel matter and we don't typically discuss such matters publicly.

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Courtney Smith told McMurphy: "He took me and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck". But what does that have to do with anything?

Smith does not think Meyer should be fired for misleading the public. Why did he lie about not knowing about the incident?

By then, Tressel already had resigned; Ohio State later recharacterized his departure as a retirement, quoting him as saying he took "full responsibility for my mistakes".

What is Meyer's defense for that?

Details of the rally are still to come, but it looks as though it will happen on Ohio State's campus. Zach Smith wasn't charged in the case, as Courtney Smith declined to press charges. In time, we may know what happened, as there is a long line of domestic abuse allegations made by Courtney dating back to when her ex-husband was an intern at Florida. His grandfather, Earle Bruce, was a coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes years ago. If not, why not?

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While the statement from Meyer allows us to see his side of the story, there are still a bunch of questions and not so many answers about this entire situation. However, in an obviously desperate attempt to save his job, he released a lengthy statement on Twitter saying he may have lied to the media, but he reported the incidents to his Ohio State superiors. And: "There was nothing..." I don't know where or what they are from.

Courtney Smith said she made Meyer's wife, Shelley, aware of the alleged abuse and Shelley Meyer said she would speak to her husband, but Courtney Smith did not follow up to find out whether Urban Meyer had been informed.

Meyer, who is on paid leave as Ohio State's head coach, said in a statement that he "failed" during interviews at Big Ten media days in Chicago when he claimed he had no knowledge of Smith's 2015 domestic-violence allegations. "What is this? What is this?'" Zach Smith said during the interview. The Smiths divorced in 2016.

The OSU Board of Trustees announced that a group has been formed to lead the investigation into Meyer's knowledge of the incidents.

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