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Former Ohio State Assistant Coach Zach Smith Sentenced To Jail Time

Zach Smith during ESPN interview.


Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith received his punishment for an incident that occurred at his children's school.

Smith received a 180-day jail sentence after being found guilty of violating a civil protection order in December. According to a report from Nicole Auerbach of the Athletic, Smith must serve 20 days in jail with the rest of the sentence being delayed.

The jail time stems from an incident at his child's school. Delaware County police officer arrested Smith in May 2019 after faculty at Scioto Ridge Elementary School did not let him pick up his children.

Smith also received 40 hours of community service and three years probation - with drug and alcohol conditions.

Ohio State fired Smith before the 2018 college football season following accusations of domestic abuse from his wife, Courtney.

Former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer received a three-game suspension as a result of the school's investigation into his handling of the alleged incident. Meyer eventually stepped away from the program following the 2018 season. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also served a three-week suspension.

Smith also received a $750 fine from Judge Marianne Hemmeter in the Delaware County court. He received a credit of one day of jail time - counting the day of his arrest.