Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer knew about the domestic violence accusations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, Smith’s ex-wife claimed in an explosive interview recently.
According to CBS Sports, Meyer learned of the incident through text messages sent by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, to Meyer’s wife, Shelley, and the wives of other Ohio State coaches. In an interview with Stadium, Courtney Smith confirmed that Meyer was aware of the allegations.
“In 2015, I came forward with it,” she said. “I told Shelley [Meyer]. I sent her some pictures, I spoke to her on the phone. Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban. I said, ‘That’s fine. You should tell Urban. You can’t have somebody like [Zach] coaching young men.’ All the coaches’ wives knew. They all did. Every single one.”
Smith added that Meyer’s wife never told her whether she did tell Urban Meyer about the abuse.
“She did not,” Smith said. “When somebody is crying out for help, I believe the coach, along with the coach’s wife, have a duty to do something to help instead of worrying about winning games. Somebody’s safety and the safety of their children needs to be more important.”
Asked about the situation at a Big Ten media event last week, Meyer denied having any prior knowledge of the incident and said he was only recently made aware of it.
“I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing,” Meyer told reporters. “I don’t know who creates stories like that.”
Zach Smith was fired in July after he was charged with criminal trespassing in relation to dropping his children off at his ex-wife’s home without her consent. He was appointed as Meyer’s wide receivers coach in 2012. Ohio State has yet to comment on this latest news.