Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired by the Buckeyes in July, has issued some new comments on his situation and the Urban Meyer punishment in an interview with USA TODAY.
Smith maintains that he never committed domestic violence against his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, and states that Ohio State poorly handled its decision to suspend Meyer.
Meyer, Ohio State's head coach since 2012, has been suspended for the first three games of the season. Athletic director Gene Smith has also been suspended.
Zach Smith says that Meyer never protected him and didn't deserve to be punished.
“He never protected me,” Smith said in a telephone interview with USA TODAY Sports. “Urban knew the truth. That’s what’s lost in all this: the truth. Everything he’s said negatively about me, that’s all on Ohio State. That’s all from the pressure they put on him to keep his job because they are spineless. That’s why they fired Jim Tressel. They are absolutely spineless and that probably come from the board, the president – all of them.”
Zach Smith also spoke about some of the social media reaction to the allegations against him and Meyer.
“In order to be charged, you have to commit a crime and that’s the problem here,” Zach Smith said. “People on social media want to convict people for things that people really investigated and looked into. ... What matters is that people who are paid to investigate, investigated and nothing came of it. People who are not paid to investigate want to convict me, but the problem is people were paid to investigate didn’t charge me. Here we are. We are dealing with social media idiots who want to convict someone on what?
You can read his full comments here.