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Urban Meyer Reveals Why He Fired Assistant Coach Zach Smith

A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to his Ohio State football players.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes chats with his players on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer announced late on Monday night that he had decided to fire assistant coach Zach Smith following domestic violence allegations that surfaced against the Buckeyes' wide receivers coach.

The news of the firing was announced with a simple statement. Meyer said he would be speaking more about the decision at a later time.

Meyer has arrived at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago this morning. Prior to taking the podium, he spoke to a couple of reporters about his decision to fire Smith, who had been on his staff at OSU since 2012 and also coached with him at Florida.

The Buckeyes' head coach said he had to make a change.

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.”

More comments from Meyer can be seen here.

Meyer is set to take the podium at Big Ten Media Days at 10:30 a.m. E.T. Surely, he'll be asked more about his decision to let Smith go then.

Stay tuned.