Ohio State's Meyer: I 'failed' in denying prior knowledge about fired assistant

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

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

Meyer and Zach Smith both added essential pieces to their sides of the story that was mainly being told through the reporting of Brett McMurphy, and it happened nearly in unison as Zach Smith sternly said he.

The university opened an investigation into Courtney Smith's claims on Wednesday and said offensive coordinator Ryan Day would act as head football coach during the probe. Not long thereafter, Smith, the now-former wide receivers coach for the Buckeyes, followed suit. But Smith was only fired on July 23 after an OH court granted Courtney Smith a domestic violence protective order. The order, which was signed July 20, is effective until 2023 and prohibits Zach Smith from going within 500 feet of his ex-wife.

Smith was sacked July 23 when the police reports from 2009 and 2015 were unearthed.

Meyer admitted that he did not handle the situation correctly during Big Ten media days, saying that his job is to be "clear, compassionate and, most of all, completely accurate". 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.

On how Meyer moved forward with the incident: "I think he found out the facts he needed to find out as the head coach of Ohio State and as my direct boss".

Meyer's punishment stems from a statement made at Big Ten media days July 24 - one day after Smith was sacked - denying that he knew anything about the alleged incidents in 2015.

On Friday evening, Meyer broke the silence with a personal statement he posted on Twitter, which - maybe without coincidence - hit the Internet right before Zach Smith appeared on local Columbus radio and later ESPN's SportsCenter. "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. Now, with the football season only weeks, the university has formed an independent panel to help decide Meyer's future.

If that was Ohio State's plan, it failed miserably. Problem is, 10 days earlier, Meyer had categorically denied knowing anything at all. Back then, Urban also babbled about treating women with respect and having zero tolerance about crimes against women.

"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. I wouldn't tolerate it in my home. "So I called the police". "There was aggression in the relationship, but anything I ever did was a defensive action, and was simply to restrain her or to remove myself from the situation, which I did probably eight times in our marriage, where I would try and calm it down, try to get it to not be an aggressive situation, where I would go to my vehicle and drive to work and sleep at work just to get out of the situation". I don't know what else to tell you.

And now he has violated the public trust with his constant lying and denying. In the interview, Smith said Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith questioned him during the 2015 football about the allegations made by Courtney Smith that fall.

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