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Zach Smith Explains What Urban Meyer Knew, What He Told Him In Response

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Moments ago, ESPN's SportsCenter aired a pre-recorded interview with former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, conducted by reporter Dan Murphy.

At the beginning of the interview, which wound up getting pre-empted by an interview with Columbus sports radio station 105.7 The Zone, Murphy asked what Smith told Urban Meyer back in 2015, after the allegations against Smith were first made.

Smith said that he explained that he was heading to meet with investigators, but denied ever committing domestic violence against his wife, Courtney Smith.

In both interviews, Smith said that he was first informed of the allegations by athletic director Gene Smith. In the radio interview, he said that he believes the police informed the school of the allegations made against him.

From the SportsCenter interview with Zach Smith about that first post-accusation conversation with Urban Meyer:

Murphy: "What did you say to Urban Meyer about the 2015 incident?

Smith: "I told him, when he asked me 'What the hell's going on?' I told him 'Courtney's accusing me of committing domestic violence. I didn't. I don't know what's going on, but I'm going to go down and meet with the investigator and find out what the deal is.' And after that I told him 'They have pictures of her. Anything that happened to her body was all just defensive movements to remove myself from the situation.' And I said 'That's it, and I'm not going to get charged because I didn't do anything wrong.'"

Murphy:"How did he respond to that?"

Smith: "He looked at me and said 'I swear to God Zach, if I find out you hit her, you're done, you're fired.' I said 'Okay coach, I understand, I didn't, I'm fine.'"

Shortly after the first Zach Smith interview, in which he repeatedly denied having committed any domestic violence, Brett McMurphy released a text message from Courtney Smith, which appears to show the former OSU coach admitting to strangling her during a vacation.

Minutes before Smith's first interview, Meyer released a lengthy statement. He admitted to lying during Big Ten Media Days, when he said he was unaware of any 2015 accusations, but said he followed procedures at the time. Meyer is currently on administrative leave from the school.