Meyer: 'I failed' on being clear on accusations

Could Bob Stoops become Ohio State's head coach if Urban Meyer gets fired

Could Bob Stoops become Ohio State's head coach if Urban Meyer gets fired

Ohio State University said this week that Meyer will be on paid administrative leave and Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach.

But inarguably, the biggest takeaway from Zach Smith's interviews is that he says Gene Smith knew about the 2015 incident. Meyer and Zach Smith both added essential pieces to their sides of the story that was mainly being told through the reporting of Brett McMurphy, and it happened nearly in unison as Zach Smith sternly said he.

Zach Smith said Urban Meyer confronted him, saying: "What the hell's going on?"

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer said he followed proper protocol in reporting 2015 abuse allegations against his former assistant, contradicting his previous comments that he had no knowledge of the incident.

Meyer also didn't go through the timeline of how he was alerted to a domestic issue in 2015 and who he reported it to, which will be central to the university's decision as to whether he remains coach. "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false".

In his statement, Meyer said he was "not adequately prepared" to answer those question and he apologized for his "inaccurate or misleading" answers. In addition, he also acknowledged his mistake in how he approaches questions during the Big Ten Conference's recent media day.

At the same time that Meyer was issuing his statement, Zach Smith was being interviewed by ESPN. In October and November of 2015, the Powell Police Department investigated Zach Smith for potential domestic violence and stalking incidents, but no charges were filed in either 2009 or '15. Murphy asks if Meyer should have looked further and Smith said "No, he's not an investigator, he's not a cop, he's not a detective".

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"The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday". I volunteered to do that. I didn't ever hit her.

This comes amid an investigation of abuse claims against a fired assistant. As the son of an awesome woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women.

At issue is whether Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

"It's as heartfelt, honest and as true a statement as I've ever heard", Smith said. That's who he is right there.

"I believe it's a private matter between two people in a marriage, unless something happened that's illegal", he said. He said never assaulted his wife and any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself. He was also asked about a 2015 incident alleged by Courtney Smith, who also said she told Meyer's wife about those incidents. I don't know where or what they are from. "I pushed her buttons a lot". It was a toxic relationship, both of us did several wrong things. Meyer has said he and his wife tried to counsel the couple at the time.

ESPN has reached out to Courtney Smith's attorney regarding the texts.

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