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Football: Urban Meyer releases statement regarding allegations around Zach Smith

OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement on Twitter on Friday that said he knew about allegations involving former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith in 2015, and that he took appropriate action at the time.

In the statement, Meyer said that he has “always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures” when he has learned about incidents, and that he “did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015.”

Meyer also commented on his previous statements that he made during Big Ten Media Days last Tuesday, where he had said he “was never told about anything” regarding that 2015 incident.

“I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions,” Meyer said in the statement.

This statement comes two days following allegations made by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy that Meyer knew about domestic violence incidents on Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney, but that Meyer did nothing about it.

Ohio State then put Meyer on paid administrative leave and formed an independent board to continue the investigation.

The team held its first fall camp, but all practices are closed to the media, with the team anticipating that it would have an update on August 6.

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