Zach Smith isn't the only one firing shots on social media today. His mom is doing the same.
While Smith went after Brett McMurphy and Paul Finebaum in a still-ongoing Twitter rant, his mother Lynn Bruce directed her criticism at Urban Meyer. Bruce blasted Meyer in a long, rambling Facebook post.
Zach Smith linked to his mother's post on Twitter. You can read the whole thing here.
Lynn Bruce is the daughter of former Ohio State head coach and Urban Meyer mentor Earle Bruce. Below is the segment of her post where she took aim at Meyer, writing what she felt he should have said to defend her son during his press conference last week.
“Before I am a football coach, before I am an employee of Ohio State University, before anything else I might profess to be, I AM A PERSON. I have known Zach Smith since he was 2 years old. I considered his family a part of mine. We had a relationship that extended beyond the X’s & O’s. And I saw a young man with incredible talent, both on the field coaching and in recruiting, struggling. He was struggling in a toxic marriage and was under intense pressure as he tried to prove himself to the hundreds of people questioning his abilities daily. Zach worked harder than most people in life to prove himself to the critics who said he only got his position on my staff because of his grandfather. NOT TRUE – I hired a young, talented coach that I had mentored and watched excel in the profession. The fact that his grandfather was my mentor was simply a bonus.
"I was fully aware that Zach was having personal problems AND very aware that his wife was prone to excessive drama and very erratic in her behavior. Zach didn’t want to bring those problems to work but it was obvious there were serious issues at hand. Anyone who has gone through a serious personal problem and tried to work at a VERY HIGH PRESSURE job can only imagine the struggle. And, as a person and a Christian – I believe in trying to help and that is what I did. You don’t give up on someone, you don’t condemn someone, you don’t destroy someone who you know, in your heart, is a good person. And, we all knew that he did not commit domestic violence – and in fact – believed he was a victim himself of relentless emotional abuse.
"Did he act out in inappropriate ways – absolutely. OVER 3 YEARS AGO – and since receiving the help he needed he has not acted out inappropriately and has been on a path of redemption and success.”
In her rant, Bruce also makes time to take shots at Courtney Smith, and though she admits her son "made mistakes" and she doesn't condone his behavior, she adamantly denies he beat his wife.
If Ohio State thought this situation would end when it suspended Meyer and AD Gene Smith, well, they were clearly wrong.