As The Ohio State University moves along with its investigation stemming from former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse in 2015 and his alleged domestic abuse in 2009 while as assistant on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida, more facts continue to emerge about Smith’s past as a member of Meyer’s Ohio State coaching staff.
Ohio State let it be known that the university’s intentions are to complete its internal investigation into the controversy regarding what Urban Meyer knew with regard to former Buckeye assistant Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse in 2015 perhaps as soon as this coming Sunday, August 19th.
Today, there are reports that reveal more trouble that Zach Smith had with the law during his time as an assistant coach on Urban Meyer’s staff in Columbus.
The Toledo Blade reports that Smith was arrested in Dublin, Ohio for OVI in 2013.
According to the report, Smith was pulled over in the early morning hours of February 13th, 2013 going 67 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone.
Smith refused to take a breathalyzer test.
He struggled with the field sobriety test, posted bond and was released in the morning.
The charge was eventually reduced.
ESPN’s Dan Murphy has reported that Zach Smith, the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, says he never told Urban Meyer about this arrest.
There have been all sorts of “reports” about how the relationship between Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney, was toxic and combustible.
There have been all sorts of “reports” about how Courtney Smith has been “out to get” her ex-husband, Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football program, Bobby Knight, and John Cooper for failing to defeat UMAA more than a couple of times over his time in the hot seat at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes out there can throw out all of the “my good pal knows XYZ about how badly Courtney Smith wanted to ruin Urban and Zach,” and “I work with a guy who was at a party once when Courtney Smith stood up on a sofa and yelled to the six or eight of us how fun it was going to be to destroy Ohio State football,” or even the good, old, “my cousin plays beer league softball with Zach Smith and he says he’s a great guy and that he has plenty of evidence to prove that his ex-wife takes medication for migraines…”
All of that stuff is great and really important and credible.
But, are we allowed to ask the Buckeyes who joined in on that inspiring show of support for Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium, where the throng of at least 100 people that blamed ESPN and the SEC gathered, these simple questions:
- Doesn’t this all seem at least slightly ridiculous and wrong and stupid and dirty and are you able to, for one minute, consider the possibility that Urban Meyer and Zach Smith aren’t heroes and maybe aren’t worth all of this trouble?
- Isn’t it possible – since you’re Ohio State – that life might be best for everyone if the university decides that all of this stuff might just be too icky and that all of the lying and the pretty terrible behavior is a poor reflection of Ohio State and that some other people might be better suited to coach the Buckeye football team than the ones who have been in charge while all of this stuff has been happening over these last however-many years?
- Wouldn’t it feel good, for once, for a place to shake hands with the guy who won a lot of games and was good for the place for a while, wish him the best of luck with whatever he may choose to do with his professional career but say to him, “It’s been a good ride and we thank you for all that you’ve done but we’re going to move in a different direction…”
- And, isn’t it possible that the sun will still come up in Columbus, Ohio if the university, after it’s findings (whatever they may be) chooses to just reach an amicable agreement to part ways and go out and hire another gym teacher to come along and coach the team?
Come on, Buckeyes.
Yes, it’s important stuff and guys like me wouldn’t have anything to do with our basement dwelling lives if we all sort of acknowledged that life would go on without TBDBITL doing Script Ohio on Fall Saturdays and all of the specific equivalents from campus to campus across the country – but, wouldn’t it feel good to just take a shower?