Urban Meyer says he mishandled his answer on Zach Smith allegations

The Ohio State waiting game and pondering whether Urban Meyer could keep his job

The Ohio State waiting game and pondering whether Urban Meyer could keep his job

Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports doctor.

Regarding the photos that show bruises and blood on Courtney Smith, Zach Smith said Friday during an interview on Columbus, Ohio, radio station WXZX: "I'm not discounting that (they are authentic)".

Then why did you essentially accuse college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who was simply doing his job, of making up the story of allegations against Smith in 2015? "So I know nothing about it". He took me and shoved me up against the wall with his hands around my neck - something he did very often. In addition, he also acknowledged his mistake in how he approaches questions during the Big Ten Conference's recent media day.

Meyer denied any intention to deceive in the statement released on his Twitter account, saying that he, "was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media".

Meyer issued the statement while Smith was giving an interview to ESPN.

Unless head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith do what needs to be done.

Courtney: "Restraining orders don't do anything in Ohio-I tried to get protection order which is what started this whole investigation".

To ESPN's Dan Murphy on Friday afternoon, Smith said, "I told (Meyer), 'Courtney is accusing me that I committed domestic violence". I volunteered to do that.

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Smith said that he always knew he would end up being a coach at Ohio State. "I don't know who creates a story like that".

The former Ohio State assistant football coach who was sacked last month after revelations of domestic violence against his ex-wife once had professional ties to Boston College coach Steve Addazio and athletic director Martin Jarmond.

Ohio State fans are reportedly planning a rally in support of head football coach Urban Meyer.

How convenient that nearly simultaneously to Meyer's statement being released on Friday, Zach Smith did an interview with ESPN in which he used words like "honest" and "heartfelt" to describe Meyer's statement.

On his reaction to Meyer's official statement from Friday: "That was as heartfelt, honest, true a statement as I've ever heard". He's alleging he did everything right in a bad situation, correctly handling allegations against a coach who maintains publicly that he did nothing wrong, a coach he turned around and fired three years later when similar allegations arose. "I think (Smith) was the most replaceable assistant on the staff coming into this year, and I think that he was getting a lot of flak in general for the lack of development for the wide receivers this year". Smith says "I guess you'd have to be there". Smith claims that Meyer knew about this incident but continued to protect Smith. I told Shelley. I sent her some pictures. "I never beat her. Nothing".

Smith often responded to that flak in a less-than-productive way.

"I'm so sorry! Zach Smith said". Zach Smith first said he didn't agree with the decision, but then he changed his mind. In the meantime, what do you think happens to Meyer? I know him only from his six-plus years at Ohio State, and I've found him to be a decent man who cares deeply for his players and the university. "I don't know what anybody else could have done". At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum.

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