OSU football coach Urban Meyer says he followed protocol

UC coach Luke Fickell an ex-OSU assistant says no one involved in investigation has contacted him

UC coach Luke Fickell an ex-OSU assistant says no one involved in investigation has contacted him

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.

On how Meyer learned of the incident: "The information initially came from Gene Smith, the athletic director".

In his first public statement since the suspension, Meyer now says he followed protocol in reporting the 2015 incident but "failed" in his recent comments.

Embattled Ohio State coach Urban Meyer apologized for his inaccurate statements about a former assistant coach's domestic disputes, but he is fighting to keep his job.

Zach Smith was arrested for battery of Courtney Smith in 2009. "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false". When asked how Gene Smith found out about the incident, Zach Smith replied, "I don't know this for a fact, but I believe the Powell Police Department contracted Ohio State. not Urban, but contacted the university". After speaking to the police, he went to practice and saw Meyer. Instead, Smith said that he and his former wife had a "volatile" relationship that was "toxic". "And I laid it all out for him". I volunteered to do that. After that, I told him, I said, 'They have some pictures of her. "So I know nothing about it". If I hit her, I wouldn't even come to work. "I would know it's over'". The Smiths divorced in 2016.

"I don't believe I have ever threatened her or anyone", said Zach Smith, who had been an assistant at Ohio State since Meyer was hired in 2012, in the radio interview. That's who he is right there. In the letter, Meyer apologized for not being "clear, compassionate and most of all completely accurate" in responses to questions about the issue that reporters asked during Big Ten Media Days last month. I've never had a conversation about it. "I pushed her buttons a lot. All I'm trying to put out is there was never an illegal act or violence". An independent journalist then produced text messages between Courtney and Shelley that confirm the exchange. "The abuse got worse bc u couldnt stand me catching u in ur lies". I knew exactly what he knew; I knew exactly what he did. As of now, Zach Smith has not been formally charged.

"Such a slap in my face".

Smith also did an interview with ESPN. In a separate statement to ESPN on Friday, Smith said he didn't deserve to be fired, instead blaming the media for his forced departure.

"He said, 'What the hell is going on?" And how was he not prepared, nearly a full day after learning the allegations against Smith-which he had known the ins and outs of for years-went public?

The school had issued a statement earlier that read, in part, "We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible". It would be dead wrong. Coming from somebody who knows. I don't know what else Urban Meyer could have done. If he loses his job, it's flat wrong.

"Over the past several days I have been portrayed as being indifferent to domestic violence and as someone who did not take appropriate action when warranted", Meyer said.

In his Twitter statement, Meyer did not say what actions he did take regarding the incident three years ago.

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer said at the time.

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