Zach Smith was fired by Ohio State's football program in July. The Buckeyes' former assistant coach has since been re-brought into the spotlight thanks to a story from college football insider Brett McMurphy. Smith was accused of domestic violence in 2015 and Urban Meyer's potential knowledge of those accusations have caused quite the story in the college football world.
Smith did multiple interviews on Friday, standing up for Meyer, who he claims told him he would be fired "immediately" if he ever found out about a domestic assault.
The now-fired assistant coach stood up for the program, too, saying it would be a "crime" if Ohio State fired Meyer.
This, allegedly, goes against what he had previously told his ex-wife. According to text messages acquired by McMurphy, this is what Smith had previously told Courtney Smith:
"Zach once told me," Courtney said, "if he ever got fired and this all comes out: ‘I’ll take everyone at Ohio State down with me.'"
Here's what Smith said on ESPN about Meyer and the Buckeyes:
"I'd be heartbroken for Ohio State, for the players, for him and his family, because it's not right. If that happens, it's dead wrong. Coming from somebody who knows, I was in all the meetings, I know exactly what he knew, I know exactly what he did. If he loses his job, it's flat wrong. And this is the guy who fired me. It would be a crime."
Smith then said on the radio that he believes he never committed domestic violence.
"I was not a good husband. I pushed her buttons. I could make her mad easily. There's a lot of things I did wrong. That's between her and I. There was never domestic abuse. I never hit her. Never got arrested. Never got charged."
Urban Meyer and Ohio State are since being investigated for their role in the Zach Smith allegations. It's unclear what kind of timeline the Buckeyes are operating on. OSU is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1.