Urban Meyer took to the podium at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago this afternoon and, unsurprisingly, most of the questions for the Ohio State head coach were about Zach Smith, the wide receivers coach the Buckeyes fired following the surfacing of some domestic violence allegations.
Ohio State and Meyer announced on Monday night that Smith, who had served on the staff since 2012 (and also coached with Meyer at Florida), had been let go.
Today, Meyer expanded a bit on the decision to fire his wide receivers coach.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
“Very tough call,” Meyer said before starting his round of interviews at the annual Big Ten media days. “Any time you make a change – the most important people in our program are our players, and I think it’s very clear, our expectations. And so I had to make a change.”
Meyer, though, refused to answer a specific question.
Did you only fire Smith now because the allegations were made public?
Did Meyer make the firing now simply because the 2009 incident became public? pic.twitter.com/V0dZMmWKKm
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) July 24, 2018
It’s not surprising that Urban wouldn’t want to publicly admit or address the idea that Smith was only fired because of reports that were made public, however, that doesn’t mean that there are not going to be more questions.