Right now, Ohio State University is investigating head coach Urban Meyer. By the end of it, the investigation will determine whether or not he knew about Zach Smith — their former wide receivers coach — allegedly abusing his ex-wife. But according to Yahoo’s Ryan Young, Smith wants his old job back.
“He’s got nothing to hide,” says Bradley Koffel — his attorney — to The Columbus Dispatch. But that’s not all.
“I think it’s unrealistic, but I know Zach feels as though he’s deserving of having his job back.”
In the meantime, Smith continues to deny the allegations. Given that Meyer likely knew, though, doesn’t bode well.
“All the [coaches’] wives knew. They all did. Every single one,” said Smith’s ex-wife Courtney. “I do believe he knew and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody.”
Still, Zach Smith is sticking to his story. He is denying all allegations against him, saying he “never committed domestic abuse against” his wife. However, Smith does admit to those “times when things got out of hand.”
When Meyer put him on the spot, Smith didn’t back down.
“He looked at me and said, ‘I swear to god, Zach, if I found out that you hit her, you’re done. You’re fired.’ I said, ‘OK I understand, coach. I didn’t. I’m fine,” he said to Yahoo’s Nick Bromberg.
In the meantime, Ohio State is coming off another strong season under Meyer. The Buckeyes are 73-8 under his guidance, winning three of their five bowl games — including a national championship — along the way. Per SI’s Jenna West, he is set to meet with the university’s investigators next week.
“We’re not trying to run from the truth, but we’re not the only ones with warts on us.” Koffel adds.