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Zach Smith Says Ohio State AD Gene Smith Originally Informed Him Of 2015 Allegations

An Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Less than an hour before his interview with SportsCenter, Zach Smith went on the radio in Columbus to give his side of the story.

In the spot on 105.7 The Zone, which wrapped up minutes ago, Smith says that he never committed domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney Smith. He did, however, admit that the relationship was "toxic" and "needed to end."

While he says he never assaulted her, he also admitted to "restraining" his then-wife, and physically moving her out of situations.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway is what he said about athletic director Gene Smith, however.

The interview took place minutes after Urban Meyer released a lengthy statement about the issue.

Meyer said that he was, in fact, aware of the 2015 issue, and admitted to making incorrect statements in his Big Ten Media Days appearance. During that press conference, he said that Brett McMurphy's original article that kicked off this entire issue was "created."

Urban Meyer said that he took appropriate action in response to the 2015 allegations, Zach Smith said that Gene Smith was the one who informed him of the allegations that year.

Smith said that he was pulled off of a recruiting trip by the athletic director. He said that he believes that the Powell, Ohio police contacted Ohio State after the allegations were made.

Smith went on to repeatedly deny that any domestic violence occurred within the relationship he had with Courtney Smith. He would not dispute the authenticity of the photos that his ex-wife gave to McMurphy, but said he had no idea where they were from or what caused the injuries depicted.

He also denied that he had ever stalked Courtney, and said that he never did anything illegal in the relationship.

Smith will be on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, which is minutes away. We'll have more from that interview once it airs.