Zach Smith is back in the news. Today’s update comes despite the fact that he is behind bars.
The former Ohio State wide receivers coach is currently serving 20 days of a 180 day sentence (160 days have been suspended) for violating a protection order filed by his ex-wife Courtney Carano Smith. He attempted to pick up his children from their elementary school in violation of the order. After a confrontation with school staff, he was arrested.
The incident, which occurred back in May 2019, also comes with a $750 fine for violating the order. The sentence also comes with anger management, 40 hours of community service, and three years probation. Smith was fired ahead of the 2018 Ohio State season after allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife. The mishandling of those allegations led to Urban Meyer’s suspension at the start of the 2018 season, which proved to be his last with the Buckeyes.
Meyer is still out of coaching, though he’s long been connected to potential jobs like USC, which elected to retain perpetual hotseat-sitter Clay Helton. Smith’s coaching career is likely over for good. In light of the scandal, he has turned to podcasting. Today, the aptly named “Menace 2 Society” podcast published an episode recorded over the phone with Smith from the Delaware County Jail.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!#DontDroptheSoap
Episode #082 – From the Inside
LIVE from Delaware County Jail.https://t.co/T8lrqvPQQe
— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) February 18, 2020
Zach Smith originally announced his podcast venture last March. In the announcement, he declared that “NO ONE IS SAFE” from his wrath, stemming from his ouster from Ohio State.
Smith was an Ohio State assistant under Meyer from 2012-18. He had also served as a graduate assistant under the national championship winner at Florida.
I’m not sure who is tuning in to hear the former wide receivers coach’s thoughts on…whatever it is he talks about on this show, but clearly mileage may vary on any project like this.