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Here’s What Urban Meyer’s Statement Actually Reveals

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following a report from Brett McMurphy. On Friday afternoon, Meyer released a statement in response to McMurphy's report.

The Ohio State coach contends he misspoke during Big Ten Media Days, and did, in fact, report the 2015 assault allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer's statement reads as though he's prepared to fight the university if it tries to fire him.

In his statement, Urban basically admits he lied during Big Ten Media Days when asked about the assault allegations facing Smith. When asked specifically about the 2015 allegations last week, Meyer replied "there was nothing, I don't know who creates a story like that."

Meyer's statement Friday afternoon suggests he did know about the allegations, but lied during questioning from reporters. This is evident by the fact Meyer said he "followed proper protocols and procedures" and elevated the Smith allegations "to the proper channels."

Meyer covers himself legally, but leaves himself exposed morally by allowing Smith to continue working on the staff, despite the domestic violence allegations against him.

The longtime Ohio State head coach finished his statement by saying "the truth is the ultimate power," suggesting Meyer believes the truth will come out. What that truth is, remains to be seen.

Zach Smith is scheduled to appear on SportsCenter for an exclusive interview later this afternoon.

Stay tuned for more.