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Ohio State Just Released Over 2,000 Texts/Emails Related To The Zach Smith Allegations

A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Zach Smith scandal plagued the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2018 offseason, and had repercussions that followed them into the regular season. Now, nearly a year later, the school has released a plethora of information relating to the scandal.

On Friday, Ohio State announced that it would be releasing all public records relating to the scandal. The release includes a combination of over 2,000 text messages and emails to and from the likes of then-head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, among others.

The investigation stemmed from domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. Meyer's poor handling of the situation resulted in him being handed a three-game suspension by the school. Gene Smith was similarly suspended without pay for several weeks. The news release reveals a number of stunning communications from within Meyer's office. A fascinating bit of trivia contained within the emails shows that Zach Smith was nearly hired by Alabama in 2017.

But there was plenty of very damning email exchanges contained within the emails as well.

One series of exchanges seems to show Meyer trying to avoid addressing Zach Smith's abuse allegations.

Meyer has since retired from college football and will spend 2019 as an analyst for Fox Sports.

But it doesn't look like the stench of the Zach Smith scandal will be going away for a while.