Zach Smith gives radio interview, claims self-defense and denies stalking ex-wife
Urban Meyer is not the only Ohio State coach telling his side of the story on Friday.
105.7 The Zone in Columbus landed an interview with recently axed Buckeyes wide receiver coach Zach Smith and covered quite a bit of ground on the allegations against him from his wife and the subsequent controversy that led to his firing in July.
Zach Smith said police determined that nothing he did warranted charges.— Bill Rabinowitz 🗞 (@brdispatch) August 3, 2018
Zach Smith said that Urban and Shelley Meyer "weren't really involved at all" during the 2015 matter because it was clear the marriage was ending. They counseled the Smiths in 2009 because they were a young couple trying to figure it out.— Bill Rabinowitz 🗞 (@brdispatch) August 3, 2018
Zach Smith: “I didn’t do anything that warranted a firing.” Blames the media uproar.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 3, 2018
Zack Smith on how Gene Smith found out: “I don’t know it for a fact, I believe the Powell Police Department contacted, not Urban, but the athletic department.”— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 3, 2018
The comments from Smith are perhaps most notable in the fact that he claims OSU athletic director Gene Smith (no relation, by the way) and others in the athletic department knew about the reported allegations yet kept him on staff for several more years. The school this week set up an investigation into the whole matter and you can bet that they will not just be focusing on Meyer’s involvement as the result of the increasing trickle of information being made public.
Smith is set to do another interview on Friday evening with ESPN on camera.