A release from Ohio State said, " Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith's misconduct and retained an assistant coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes.
The report's finding that Meyer did not "deliberately lie": Much of the discussion around this has been about Meyer's comments at Big Ten Media Days in July, the day after he fired Zach Smith following reporting of a civil protection order granted to Smith's by his ex-wife Courtney. Courtney Smith says she has suffered through years of domestic disputes that are documented in police reports.
Because other witnesses had the same uncertainties about what triggers university reporting obligations, Ohio State will clarify its requirements and implement additional training to reinforce them. Meyer wrote, "need some guidance here so when I speak to media I'm not wrong".
"I followed my heart and not my head", Meyer stated.
Meyer texted "I know nothing about this", about a report about a 2015 "felony arrest" of Smith. He lose six weeks pay, the school said. Meyer reprimanded Zach Smith but didn't report the issue to compliance officers or the athletic director. Meyer was aware in 2015 that Smith was again being investigated for domestic abuse.
When Michael Drake, Gene Smith, and Meyer walked to the podium, the body language of all three told the story.
Trustees discussed the decision to punish Meyer in a marathon meeting of more than 12 hours Wednesday while Meyer awaited the decision. Zach Smith, who has denied his ex-wife's claims, was sacked in July after news reports highlighted her allegations. Included in those stories were text messages traded between Courtney Smith and Meyer's wife, Shelley. He has been on paid leave since August 8.
"If you've been paying attention to sports over the last decade you should have seen this slap on the wrist coming for Meyer and Smith".
In 2009, Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his pregnant wife while he was working a graduate assistant for Meyer at Florida. Bruce was Zach Smith's grandfather.
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"I fully support the findings of the report and the subsequent actions that the university has taken", Smith said. "I should have been more demanding of him, as I am of my players". I needed to show more care and concern for the entirety of the situation and the people involved. "I was not being as completely accurate as I should have been at media day and afterward".
While Meyer offered an apology to "Buckeye nation", he drew the ire of critics for failing to properly apologize to Courtney Smith. "He should've addressed it, did he do the right thing?" said Bogard.
"I am fully aware of the situation that has harmed the university as a whole, Meyer said". I was just dumbstruck by that.
To some, Meyer's response exhibited a lack of remorse.
Moments earlier, when asked what message he had for Courtney Smith, Meyer avoided addressing her directly.
At a time when his boss recommended firing Zach Smith for being unreliable, Meyer chose to keep him on staff despite knowing even more of Smith's troubled past than others did.
All that matters to the Buckeyes is what he knows about winning national championships. Ohio State and TCU are scheduled to play September 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Gene Smith said that prior to the start of his suspension, he will consult with Ryan Day to reaffirm his continued service as acting head coach. Ohio State is like Oklahoma and Alabama, in terms of success and tradition and commitment, except think about the Sooners or Crimson Tide being in a state three times bigger, but without a peer institution. It is No. 3 in the coaches' poll. Your football program is not a family.
Question: If they didn't believe Urban Meyer's claims about his ignorance of the text messages his wife received then how can they conclude he wasn't intentionally trying to deceive?