New information has surfaced in Ohio State’s investigation into what head coach Urban Meyer knew about domestic abuse allegations against one of his former assistants, and it paints a disturbing portrait of the accuser.
Former Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith was accused of domestic violence by ex-wife Courtney Smith in 2009 and 2015, accusations that Smith has denied. In a bombshell interview recently, Courtney Smith said Meyer was aware of the allegations, despite his denials at a Big Ten media event earlier this month that he had any prior knowledge of the incidents.
But, according to al.com, Courtney Smith told Lynn Bruce, Zach Smith’s mother, in 2013 that she would “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.”
“She told me that not one time, but in fact she said it several times over the years,” Lynn Bruce said.
Courtney Smith was reportedly out for revenge after learning that her husband had cheated on her, according to the report.
“When she found out five years ago that Zach had cheated on her, she was so angry that she vowed to me she would get back at him someday,” Lynn Bruce said. “And she said she would take (Ohio State coach) Urban (Meyer) down, too. And this is exactly what she did. She wanted to do as much damage as possible. She has been planning this for some time.”
Meanwhile, Meyer has been prohibited from any contact with players, coaches or staff members while he’s on paid administrative leave, pending the university’s investigation. He also does not have access to any university-issued communication devices or his school email account.