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What Urban Meyer Really Said About Zach Smith At Big 10 Media Days

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches player warm up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The start of this Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State controversy can be traced back to 2015, when the alleged domestic violence accusations occurred against the now-fired wide receivers coach, but in many ways, it started at the podium at Big Ten Media Days.

Meyer's dismissal of what college football insider Brett McMurphy reported about Smith caused quite the controversy when a new report surfaced about a week later.

Now, some are questioning McMurphy's initial report, as it appears to have been slightly edited over time, and it seems possible that Meyer's quick dismissal of a 2015 incident at Big Ten Media Days could be chalked up to that.

However, Eleven Warriors has outlined everything Meyer was asked about and said about Smith/2015 at Big Ten Media Days, and that doesn't seem to be the case.

From Eleven Warriors:

Landis asked Meyer if he was “aware of alleged incidents with Zach in 2009 and 2015,” May asked about “the revelation from yesterday” and Murphy asked about the “2015 thing.”

Meyer responded, saying, “In 2015, there was nothing. When I first heard that last night, I said, ‘Do some research,’ and there was nothing.”

Later that morning, speaking from the podium, Meyer was again asked about the “inquiry into 2015” and he said, “2015, I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there's nothing – once again, I don't know who creates a story like that.”

In neither of those cases was Meyer asked about whether Zach Smith was arrested in 2015. He was only asked about the incident in vague terms, like "revelation,” “thing,” and “inquiry.”

Meyer later issued a statement, admitting he mishandled things at Big Ten Media Days.

"Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts," Meyer said in his statement. "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions."

Now, Meyer's future is being put into question. Ohio State expects to have a final decision made pending the conclusion of its investigation, which is expected to take about two weeks.