Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith says he did not inform his old boss, Urban Meyer, that he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in 2013.
Smith was arrested and charged with speeding and operating a vehicle while intoxicated in February 2013, one year after he joined the Buckeyes staff. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and had his license suspended for six months.
Hard to fathom someone so detail-oriented could be so in the dark on so many issues involving his coaches. And don’t forget, Urban Meyer lives in Dublin, the town where Zach Smith’s arrest took place. Case was in Dublin Mayor’s Court. https://t.co/UMrQz3hk0L
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 13, 2018
Ohio State fired Smith on July 23 after past allegations of domestic abuse came to light in a report from college football reporter Brett McMurphy. The university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave Aug. 1 while it determines whether Meyer and others at the university handled accusations about Smith properly.
Looks like Smith was able to still drive, which may be on reason a red flag wasn’t raised.
Smith's license was suspended, but he had limited driving privileges, according to court docs. His attorney said that he was allowed to drive for work. Otherwise, there's no way an active recruiter could go 6 months without being able to drive without his boss knowing why.
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 13, 2018
A spokesman for the university said Ohio State is looking into the 2013 arrest. Not sure this matters much, it’s not what Urban Meyer didn’t know, it’s what he did know that’ll cost him.
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