Former Florida AD mum on 2009 Zach Smith arrest while on Urban Meyer's staff
The established timeline of domestic abuse allegations against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith starts with a 2009 arrest for aggravated battery on his pregnant wife.
“I’m going to address the 2009 because I’ve been asked about that,” Urban Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days. “In 2009 Zach was an intern…a very young couple. As I do many times, most coaches and people in leadership positions, you receive a phone call, first thing you do is tell your boss, let the experts do their jobs.
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“We’re certainly not going to investigate. It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened. And Shelley and I actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised for counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward.”
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In his statement last week, Meyer reiterated that, in 2009, he followed protocol in sharing what he knew about the incident about involving Smith, who was a grad assistant on Meyer’s Florida coaching staff.
At the time, Florida’s athletic director was Jeremy Foley, who has since retired. On Friday, Brett McMurphy reported that Foley declined to comment on how UF handled the Smith situation.
Former Florida AD Jeremy Foley declined comment Friday about 2009 domestic violence arrest of former UF graduate assistant Zach Smith. Urban Meyer stated last week he followed “proper reporting protocols” at Florida, relating to Smith’s 2009 arresthttps://t.co/m1igbKIEpx
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2018
Smith’s coaching history remained deeply tied to the Meyer coaching tree after the arrest. In 2010, he joined the staff of former Meyer assistant Doc Holiday at Marshall. The following season he jumped to Boston College to work for another former Meyer assistant, Steve Addazio at Boston College. When Meyer returned from a brief retirement to coach Ohio State in 2012, Smith was hired by the Buckeyes.