Ohio State football | Zach Smith to meet with university investigators soon

Bill Rabinowitz
In this Sept. 16, 2017 photo, Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith watches before the start of an NCAA college football game against Army in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State placed head football coach Urban Meyer paid administrative leave Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against Smith, years before Smith was fired last week. (Marvin Fong//The Plain Dealer via AP)

The work of the committee investigating Urban Meyer has reached the halfway point of its planned timeline.

To this point, its work has been done in secrecy. Ohio State has released no information about the committee’s progress. But if it is to complete its goal of finishing its investigation within 14 days, this week must be a busy and productive one.

One key witness will meet with the committee in the next couple of days. Former receivers coach Zach Smith told The Dispatch on Saturday that he expects to be interviewed Monday or Tuesday. He declined to comment further.

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Meyer’s response to 2015 domestic-abuse allegations against Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney, are at the heart of the six-person committee’s investigation. The committee consists of three members of Ohio State’s board of trustees and three outsiders. Former Securities and Exchange Commission head Mary Jo White is leading the investigation for the committee.

Meyer and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith fired Zach Smith on July 23. The next day, the Buckeyes coach denied at Big Ten media days knowing about the 2015 allegations.

Meyer later apologized for lying about that in a statement on Twitter. He is on paid administrative leave as Ohio State continues preseason training camp and is not allowed to have contact with the program.

Smith’s attorney, Bradley Koffel, told The Dispatch that his client will answer all questions from the committee.

“He’s got nothing to hide,” Koffel said

Smith, who was not charged in connection to the 2015 allegations, also will request to be reinstated as wide receivers coach, Koffel said.

“I think it’s unrealistic, but I know Zach feels as though he’s deserving of having his job back,” Koffel said.

Smith said in an earlier interview that he would like to resume his coaching career, though he wasn’t sure it was possible. His mother, Lynn Bruce, said in a recent interview with The Dispatch that Smith was attempting to get his life back in order.

“I would say as good as could be expected, but he’s not good,” she said. “He’s trying.”

Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, who was Meyer’s mentor. He was the last remaining assistant coach from Meyer’s original 2012 OSU staff.


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