Urban Meyer is set to return to Ohio State as its head football coach, as the Buckeyes’ national champion-winning coach has served his three-game suspension stemming from the school’s investigation into his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
Meyer, outside of a press conference and a couple of Twitter statements, has been quiet about everything that’s been going on. That just changed.
Ohio State’s head coach opened up in an exclusive interview with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi.
Meyer said his main intent throughout his time with Zach Smith was to just help everyone in the situation.
“My intent was to try to help all involved,” Meyer told ESPN. “The only way that I knew how at the time, and I had two choices: fire a man and really put a family in upheaval financially, etc., or try to stabilize someone so you can go up and be a good father.”
Meyer also added that he never saw the text messages that Courtney Smith sent to his wife, Shelley.
“The first time I heard of those texts were just recently in the last month,” Meyer said. “Shelley did not share text messages with me.”
Meyer maintains that he has a strong view on domestic violence, and that he doesn’t tolerate it, and that the reason for his suspension was that he mismanaged a troubled employee.
“It’s very clear, my stance on domestic violence. I was not suspended for that. I was suspended because I mismanaged a very troubled employee and I went too far to help him,” Meyer said.
Ohio State’s head coach is set to return to the sideline on Saturday. The Buckeyes are hosting Tulane. OSU has gone 3-0 without him, beating TCU on Saturday night.