Report: Zach Smith to meet with Ohio State investigators, ask for his job back
The attorney for Zach Smith has confirmed the former Ohio State assistant coach will meet with the independent investigators looking into how Ohio State handled multiple allegations of domestic abuse made by Courtney Smith. Not only will Smith talk to school investigators, he’ll also ask to be reinstated as the Buckeyes wide receiver coach.
The new developments come from a report by the The Columbus Dispatch after speaking to Smith’s attorney.
In May, Zach Smith was cited for trespassing when he dropped off his kids at ex-wife Courtney Smith’s home. The divorced couple have a legal agreement that all drop offs are supposed to occur at a public place, as Courtney Smith has accused her ex-husband of domestic violence, stalking and other forms of harassment. The trespassing incident reached the media in July and Smith was fired prior to Big Ten Media Days. The trespassing incident led to the reporting of Smith being arrested for domestic violence against Courtney in 2009 while Smith was a graduate assistant under Urban Meyer at Florida. It also led to the uncovering of a domestic abuse accusation and investigation in 2015. Meyer strongly denied the substance of the report of the 2015 incident at Big Ten Media Days, saying it had been “created,” but later walked that back in a statement he released after being placed on administrative leave.
In statements made by himself and his attorney, Smith has proclaimed his innocence throughout the process. This is the first time, however, there has been any reference to returning to Ohio State.