The allegations came to light this week after college football insider Brett McMurphy wrote about the allegations made by Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, regarding Meyer's knowledge of the abuse claims.
Meyer is on paid administrative leave while a committee of six members - three from the OSU board of trustees and three outsiders - conducts an investigation of his actions or inactions regarding the Smith allegations.
"It was toxic and it needed to end", he said.
But Courtney Smith isn't buying that notion at all.
McMurphy's report stirred a hornet's nest, to say the least.
To ESPN's Dan Murphy on Friday afternoon, Smith said, "I told (Meyer), 'Courtney is accusing me that I committed domestic violence".
Meyer was placed on administrative leave Wednesday, and it's unclear if he'll be the one leading the team this season. Smith remembers he had seen a band playing on the lawn for his grandfather when he was a child. He met Urban Meyer, and he saw a potential for coaching in Smith. This wasn't just some random coach Meyer had hired in the past couple of years.
It seemed for a while that Urban Meyer had put aside his win-at-all-costs attitude when he accepted the job as the Ohio State football coach.
Zach Smith’s ex-wife Courtney Smith and their kids
I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon. "I said 'that's fine". He was dropping off his son at his ex-wife's apartment complex. And how was he not prepared, nearly a full day after learning the allegations against Smith-which he had known the ins and outs of for years-went public?
Courtney Smith was anxious about how all this would affect their two children, who were very young and highly impressionable.
Again, it wouldn't be the first time an institution did this. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. He did admit that he was responsible for her injuries, but said that came out of self-defense or trying to get away from her. He and his wife had allegedly connected with the Smiths and encouraged them to seek counseling. Smith says "I guess you'd have to be there".
If Meyer won't follow his own tenets, who at Ohio State will?
Smith told ESPN in a separate interview he never assaulted his wife and any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself. But that just begs another question: Why was Smith fired last month? Smith said he did not know the origin of the pictures. Meanwhile, Meyer argues that he was totally unaware of this incident.
And then in 2010, when star running back Chris Rainey threatened to kill his estranged girlfriend by sending her a text message - "Time to die, bitch" - Meyer suspended Rainey for four whole games. So, what happens to Smith now? He claims that was either to get away from her or in self-defense. But Smith was only fired on July 23 after an OH court granted Courtney Smith a domestic violence protective order.
One big reason why both want a quick resolution is due to their two young children. For that matter: was Smith disciplined at all in 2015?
Meanwhile, Ohio State's players resumed practice activities earlier this week. He knew he could do that and still fulfill his dream of coaching at Ohio State. Maybe this time, the lesson will finally stick and justice will be served. He minimized and distorted multiple serious accusations of domestic violence. "I spoke to her on the phone", Courtney Smith told Stadium.
"I'm so sorry! Zach Smith said".