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Fired Coach Zach Smith Arrested For Suspected DUI In 2013

Aug 13, 2018
In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
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Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public, was arrested for suspected drunken driving in 2013 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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Ohio State is trying to get back to business as usual while coach Urban Meyer is on paid leave, opening part of Tuesday's practice to the media even as coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews.

In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

The ex-wife of fired assistant football coach Zach Smith says Ohio State University officials never contacted her to discuss domestic abuse allegations.

Fans rallied outside Ohio Stadium Monday night in support of Urban Meyer.
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Chants of “Urban Meyer” and “O-H-I-O” rang out as more than 100 Ohio State football fans rallied outside Ohio Stadium to show support for the embattled football coach.

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Ohio State University football fans will gather at the Ohio Stadium on Monday evening to protest the school's investigation into head coach Urban Meyer.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

The investigation into Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer is expected to finish within two weeks. That timetable was laid out for the first time in a statement emailed by a university spokesman late Sunday night.

Urban Meyer
Carlos Osorio / AP

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer said he followed proper protocol in reporting 2015 abuse allegations against his former assistant, contradicting his previous comments that he had no knowledge of the incident.

Powell Police Chief Gary Vest.
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Even before Zach Smith was fired as Ohio State assistant football coach, police records show a two-year string of stalking and domestic violence incidents between him and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Powell Police Chief Gary Vest has no qualms about how his officers handled the cases.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team against Penn State on Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus.
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Ohio State trustees have appointed a special committee to investigate coach Urban Meyer’s handling of a fired assistant coach’s domestic abuse allegations.

Rick Scuteri / Associated Press

Allegations that the wife of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer knew about an assistant coach abusing his then-wife could spell trouble for the school. 

That's because, as a faculty member, Shelley Meyer may have been obligated to report the misconduct to school officials - as would Urban if he also knew. Not doing so may violate the school's Title IX responsibilities.

In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Ohio State’s football team enters fall camp this week without head coach Urban Meyer, who was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday. Recent reports have called into question Meyer's claim that he was unaware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach.

Urban Meyer's Future At Ohio State

Aug 2, 2018
Urban Meyer
Carlos Osorio / AP

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid-administrative leave.

OSU officials made the decision yesterday, announcing they’re investigating Courtney Smith's claims that several people close to Meyer knew of a 2015 domestic violence allegation against her ex-husband, former OSU assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired last week.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into what Meyer knew about alleged abuse by an assistant coach.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday that when he hired Zach Smith in 2012, he knew about allegations that Smith abused his then-wife, who was several weeks pregnant at the time of the alleged assault. 

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Former Ohio State University offensive lineman Kirk Barton faces felony charges of assaulting a police officer after an altercation in Dublin last weekend.

Charges against Barton, 33, were filed Monday after his arrest outside the Bogey Bar & Grill during the Memorial golf tournament.

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