Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on Friday issued his first extensive statement regarding the domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith, two days after the university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.
In the statement posted to his Twitter account, Meyer said that he “followed proper reporting protocols and procedures” at both Ohio State and Florida when learning of any incidents involving players, coaches or staff members. But Meyer also acknowledged he “failed” in addressing questions about an alleged 2015 incident involving Smith during Big Ten Media Days last week, and said “I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”
When asked during his media session about his knowledge of any allegations against Smith in 2015, Meyer said, “I was never told about anything. Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it. So I know nothing about it.”