Read Urban Meyer's first statement since being placed on administrative leave


In the wake of Ohio State firing assistant coach Zach Smith in July and placing head coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave, Adazzio and Jarmond each issued statements Saturday.

Start here: If Meyer followed proper protocol in 2015, why wasn't Smith fired then?

But Meyer did have knowledge of Smith's situation, despite comments to the contrary during the Big Ten media kickoff days in July. "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these serious personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions".

Smith also explained that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called him following the 2015 incident and told him to "get on the next plane home".

Zach Smith was sacked from Ohio State in July after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass during a dispute with Courtney Smith. I keep going back to what Meyer told Sports Illustrated in 2009: "Core value number honesty".

Smith says "I'm not out here in the public trying to put my personal life out there to people at work or anything". I volunteered to do that.

"I know nothing; never had a conversation about that; who would create a story like that & If I (knew) I would have made a change".

On Friday, Zach Smith began a media tour of his own, appearing on 105.7 The Zone in Columbus and on ESPN and claiming that he never abused his wife. I never hit her, never got arrested, never got charged.

Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. In his Twitter statement, Meyer did not say what actions he did take regarding the incident three years ago.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave by Ohio State on Wednesday while the university investigates the situation.

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How convenient that nearly simultaneously to Meyer's statement being released on Friday, Zach Smith did an interview with ESPN in which he used words like "honest" and "heartfelt" to describe Meyer's statement.

"It's as heartfelt, honest and as true a statement as I've ever heard", he said. "I think (Smith) was the most replaceable assistant on the staff coming into this year, and I think that he was getting a lot of flak in general for the lack of development for the wide receivers this year".

Smith said to ESPN that he told police anything that happened to his then-estranged wife was the result of defending himself.

Smith was asked why he thought Meyer didn't admit he knew about the 2015 incident during media day.

Well, Urban, you DID know and you DIDN'T make a change. "I had to defend myself sometimes, kind of restrain her".

This incident is the bone of contention between Courtney Smith and Urban Meyer. Now, the fate of Zach Smith is in the hands of the law.

On how Meyer responded: "He looked at me and said, 'I swear to God, Zach, if I found out you hit her, you're done".

Meyer said he was aware of an incident involving Zach and Courtney Smith in 2009, while they were still married. In the meantime, what do you think happens to Meyer?

"I'd be heartbroken for Ohio State, for the players, for him and his family because it's not right", Smith said. I was at all the meetings, I knew exactly what he knew.

The university said it also notified Franklin County Children Services, university police and USA Diving at the time.