On Wednesday night, Ohio State announced head football coach Urban Meyer will be sidelined for the first three games of the college football season. Ohio State revealed Meyer “failed to take sufficient management action” relating to the allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.
Following the announcement, Urban Meyer spoke with the media along with athletic director Gene Smith who is suspended from August 31 to September 16. Meanwhile, Meyer will be eligible to return to practice following the team’s against against Oregon State.
After Ohio State’s press conference, Zach Smith’s lawyer released a statement. Brad Koffel, Smith’s lawyer, called out Smith’s ex-wife for her “vengeance against her ex’husband.”
“Zach Smith married a woman he should not have married. Vengeance against her ex-husband regrettably resulted in collateral damage to Urban Meyer, Gene Smith, and The Ohio State University. Trying cases in the media is a dangerous precedent for every other coach in America,” the statement read.
Statement from Zach Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, with Smith's approval. pic.twitter.com/iKGjZw8xWv
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 23, 2018
It’s a harsh statement from Koffel, who reportedly received approval from Zach Smith before sending.
Urban Meyer will return to the coaching sidelines for the team’s game against Tulane.