Here's a look at the timeline of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer's relationship with former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been accused of domestic violence.
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2001-02: Zach Smith plays for Urban Meyer as a walk-on at Bowling Green.
2005-09: Smith works for Meyer at Florida as a low-level assistant coach.
June 20-21, 2009: Smith is arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery against his pregnant wife, Courtney. The charges are later dropped.
Nov. 28, 2011: Ohio State hires Meyer as head coach.
Dec. 22. 2011: Meyer hires Smith as Ohio State wide receivers coach. He offers him the job at the wake for Jean Bruce, Smith’s grandmother and wife of former OSU coach Earle Bruce.
Feb. 23, 2013: Smith is arrested for OVI and speeding in Dublin. He later pleads guilty to a misdemeanor OVI. Speeding charges are dropped. Smith says through his attorney that he did not notify Meyer of the incident.
June 6, 2015: Zach Smith and Courtney Smith separate.
Oct. 25-26, 2015: Courtney Smith calls Powell police after what she said is another incident with Zach Smith. She claims he has abused her on multiple occasions. No charges are filed. Smith said he did not tell Meyer about the accusations.
Nov. 9-12, 2015: Powell police investigate a claim by Courtney Smith of menacing by stalking by Zach Smith. No charges are filed.
Nov. 10, 2015: Zach Smith is issued a restraining order.
Nov. 12, 2015: Courtney Smith files for divorce.
May 12, 2018: Powell police cite Zach Smith with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his wife centered around where Zach Smith was expected to drop off his son. Smith’s driving into the driveway of Courtney Smith’s apartment violated a 2017 warning from the Powell police to stay away from her property.
June 5, 2018: Smith pleads not guilty.
July 18, 2018: Zach Smith appears in Delaware County Municipal Court for a pretrial hearing.
July 20, 2018: Courtney Smith requests and receives an order of protection against her ex-husband that prohibits him from getting within 500 feet of her.
July 23, 2018: Courtney Smith goes public with her allegations of domestic abuse to independent national college football reporter Brett McMurphy. Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith fire Zach Smith.
July 24, 2018: At Big Ten media day in Chicago, Meyer denies knowledge of the alleged October 2015 incident and indicates he only learned of it the previous night when informed by someone in his office.
Aug. 1, 2018: Ohio State places Meyer on paid administrative leave and announces an investigation into Meyer’s handling of the Courtney/Zach Smith matter. Courtney Smith indicates Shelley Urban was texted about Zach Smith’s alleged abuse, though she cannot confirm whether Urban Meyer was ever told.
Aug. 3, 2018: Meyer releases statement on Twitter apologizing for his statements in Chicago denying knowledge of the 2015 statement but says he followed proper protocols in 2015 in handling the matter and said the truth will vindicate him.
Aug. 4, 2018: Ohio State begins preseason training camp with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day serving as acting coach.
Aug. 5, 2018: Ohio State announces a six-person committee to head the investigation of Urban Meyer’s response to the Zach Smith allegations, with an anticipated conclusion within 14 days. Former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White will lead the investigation with former Ohio Speaker of the House Jo Ann Davidson serving as committee chair.
Aug. 13, 2018: Courtney Smith meets with investigators for the committee.
Aug. 14, 2018: Zach Smith meets with investigators for the committee.
Aug. 20, 2018: Having wrapped up its investigation the day before, the investigative team briefed members of the board of trustees on its findings.
Aug. 22, 2018: The board of trustees meets in executive session to discuss “personnel matters” related to the investigation of Meyer.
Aug. 22, 2018: Ohio State suspends head football coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, ending its investigation into how much and when Meyer and Smith knew of domestic violence allegations involving former assistant coach Zach Smith.
Aug. 23, 2018: Urban Meyer apologizes for the way he handled the domestic abuse allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith.
Aug. 24, 2018: Urban Meyer apologized for his “words and demeanor” regarding domestic abuse during the previous day's news conference about his three-game suspension, and he also specifically apologized to Courtney Smith.
Aug. 29, 2018: A Powell police report details allegations of longtime abuse by Zach Smith
Sept. 16, 2018: Meyer tells interviewer Tom Rinaldi that both Zach Smith and Courtney Smith told him the 2009 incident in Gainesville, Florida, in which she called police was not domestic violence.
Sept. 17, 2018: In his first news conference since Aug. 22, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was contrite in acknowledging mistakes that led to his three-game suspension but reiterated that he has never condoned domestic violence.