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Head Coach Who Hired Zach Smith Before Urban Meyer Releases Statement

A view from the end zone of Boston College football field.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 11: A referee watches a point after try by the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is currently under paid leave as the university investigates his handling of the domestic violence allegations of former assistant coach Zach Smith. Smith was fired by OSU late last month.

Smith was on Meyer's staff at Florida and then at Ohio State. However, he was also a member of the staff at Temple in 2011.

While at Temple, Smith served under head coach Steve Addazio. Addazio also was an assistant of Meyer's at Florida and has since become the head coach at Boston College.

On Saturday, he released a statement regarding Smith. In it, Addazio admits he knew of "an issue" involving Smith and his ex-wife while both were assistants at UF, but claimed to not know specific details.

“While an assistant coach at Florida in 2009, I was aware that there was an issue in the personal life of Zach and Courtney Smith,” Addazio said via the Boston Globe. “I did not know specifics, and I knew the matter was in the hands of university personnel and that the couple was involved in counseling.

“As a husband, father and coach, I have zero tolerance for domestic abuse. There is no place in our program at Boston College for any member of our staff involved in domestic violence.”

Additionally, Boston College AD Martin Jarmond was part of the administration at Ohio State while Smith was a coach there. Jarmond also issued a statement, saying domestic violence is "an issue we take very seriously."

Neither Jarmond or Addazio are going to say much else considering there is an ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, we wait to see if Ohio State elects to move on from Meyer or punishes him with a suspension.