Two days after he was placed on paid administrative leave and less than two weeks after Zach Smith was sacked, Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer has released a statement on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Meyer issued his first remarks about the situation in a statement on Twitter Friday evening.
The university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave Wednesday. Do the right thing, and report allegations as soon as they are made known.
Zach Smith has denied the allegations.
To ESPN's Dan Murphy on Friday afternoon, Smith said, "I told (Meyer), 'Courtney is accusing me that I committed domestic violence".
"I feel it would not be appropriate for me to comment on matters involving Ohio State during their ongoing investigation". He said Meyer warned him, "I swear to God, Zach, if I found out you hit her, you're done, you're fired".
The Buckeyes open the season at home September 1 against Oregon State.
Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against an assistant coach years before he was sacked last week.
The real reason Smith was sacked seems to be McMurphy's report about the 2015 incident. In addition, the following piece of Meyer's statement is also very important and should be kept in mind: "At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum". "I told Shelley, I sent her some pictures (of her injuries), I spoke to her on the phone". Now, there were times things got out of hand and I had to defensively restrain her ... I didn't.' I don't know what's going on, but I'm going to meet with the investigator to find out what the deal is. I didn't ever hit her.' He said, 'If you ever hit her, you are fired immediately.' I looked at him and said, 'If I hit her, I wouldn't come in here.
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At Big Ten media days last week, Meyer had denied any knowledge of the incident.
The kinder, gentler and more engaged Urban Meyer - who I learned much about from an interview with his life coach, Todd Gongwer - was refreshing to see. My words, whether in a reply to a reporter's question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate.
He lied to the media at Big Ten media days last week, when he was asked about assistant coach Zach Smith's domestic violence accusations.
"My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading", he said, in part. "The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations", Ohio State said in a statement.
Smith, who spent six seasons as a wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Ohio State under Meyer before his termination on July 23, was also a graduate assistant under Meyer at the University of Florida from 2005-10, the same span as Addazio's entire tenure as an assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach at Florida. The Smiths divorced in 2016.
One group of fans is holding an on-campus rally to support Meyer, who is being scrutinized after keeping an assistant coach on staff despite multiple allegations of abuse. Courtney Smith's allegations - including the text messages - were reported by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy on his Facebook page and in a video interview with Smith.
Smith followed Meyer to the Florida Gators football team.
Zach Smith, age 33, was born into a family who had a long history of being involved in sports.