Zach Smith: Gene Smith Was Aware of 2015 Allegations

By 11W Staff on August 3, 2018 at 5:27 pm
Zach Smith

With head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave and wide receivers coach Zach Smith long terminated for domestic abuse allegations, one question has seemed to consume Ohio State football fans: Who knew about the allegations at Ohio State and when did they know?

Smith appeared on 105.7 the Zone in Columbus on Friday evening and said Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was aware of the 2015 allegations.

“I found out about the allegation [in October 2015] because I was out recruiting on a bye week. Gene Smith called me and said your ex-wife is accusing of you abuse,” Smith told host Matt McCoy. “He said I had to be on the next flight home [from an open week recruiting trip]”

When pressed, Zach Smith said he believes the police notified the university.

“I don't know this for a fact, but I believe the Powell Police Department contacted Ohio State—not Urban, but the university.”

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