The ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith discussed Thursday in an interview with Stadium the domestic violence allegations she made against him and how head coach Urban Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer, reacted to them.
Smith, who was sacked last week, has never been convicted of a crime or charged with assaulting his ex-wife - but she has provided evidence that seems to indicate her claims are true.
Except Courtney Smith showed McMurphy text messages from Meyer's wife Shelley that certainly seem to indicate she was well aware of Zach Smith's violent past. As you got deeper and deeper into the story it got progressively worse, and since then I haven't seen any indication that from that school or from anyone else that he is.
Violation of the university's policy could result in Meyer being fired with cause by the university, according to provisions placed in his contract when it was extended by two years in April. Ohio State opens preseason camp Friday without knowing who will lead the team September 1 against Oregon State.
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it". Meyer will continue to collect his $7.6 million annual salary.
Of course, whether Shelley Meyer really did tell her husband about Zach Smith is the subject of Ohio State's investigation. Meyer-one of the most celebrated coaches in college sports-is officially, stunningly, on ice.
If Urban Meyer knew of these allegations all along and didn't take the appropriate actions, he can, and should, lose his job. Voltolini has been part of Meyer's staff since Meyer's first head-coaching stop at Bowling Green.
In June 2009, Zach Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim after allegedly throwing Courtney Smith into a wall after an argument at their home in Gainesville, Florida, where Zach was working for Meyer with the University of Florida football program. McMurphy reported Wednesday that on the night of the 2009 incident in Gainesville, Zach Smith brought Nicol home, telling Courtney that Nicol had broken up with her boyfriend and needed to spend the night at their house. "So I know nothing about it".
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. "I'm not sure where that comes up".