Ohio State has fired long-time wide receivers coach Zach Smith after his wife accused him of domestic abuse.
In the 2009 incident, it’s alleged that Zach Smith picked up his then-pregnant-wife, Courtney Smith, by her t-shirt “and threw her against the bedroom wall located upstairs in their apartment.” “From the statements made on scene, [the officers] determined Zach was the primary aggressor,” the police report from that first incident stated.
The couple finalized their divorce in 2015.
Urban Meyer says he knew about the 2009 incident involving Zach Smith in Gainesville, Florida, but was unaware of the allegation made against Smith in 2015. https://t.co/lBVMxFnLbM
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) July 24, 2018
Smith, the 34-year-old grandson of former OSU head coach Earle Bruce, has been on Meyer’s staff each of the six seasons since the head coach came to the Buckeyes in 2012, and would’ve been entering his seventh season with the program in 2018.
He also worked under Meyer as a graduate assistant and quality control coach at Florida from 2005-09. Smith, a 2007 UF graduate, coached at Marshall (2010) and Temple (2011) before reuniting with Meyer in Columbus.
Urban Meyer’s comments about Zach Smith’s dismissal.
He said what was reported in 2009 about an alleged domestic violence incident “wasn’t actually what happened” and a 2015 alleged incident does not exist.
“I don’t know who creates a story like that." pic.twitter.com/22RcIPnhUB
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) July 24, 2018
You can’t have any questionable staff members who are supposed to be role models for the student athletes. No exceptions.