Meyer disputed reports of a 2015 incident in which Smith was arrested for domestic violence and assault.
According to Brett McMurphy, those two domestic violence incidents on Smith's record led to the couple's split in 2016.
Smith, the only remaining assistant coach from Meyer's first staff at Ohio State in 2012 and the grandson of former OSU coach Earle Bruce, was the subject of a civil protection order filed by his ex-wife's attorney last Friday. No charges were filed in that incident. "It was a group effort on several people that I rely on", Meyer said. You let, I guess, the legal course to run its course and then ask them, because they're experts. "We're certainly not going to investigate (personally)", said Meyer. "So Shelley and I actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised for counseling and wanted to help moving forward".
Smith was arrested for aggravated battery in 2009 after allegedly grabbing his then-wife, who was pregnant at the time, by her T-shirt and shoving her against a wall.
When first asked about the 2015 incident, though, Meyer was short. "I don't know who creates a story like that", Meyer said. The protection order, which doesn't allow Smith within 500 feet of his ex-wife, says Courtney "is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence and for good cause the following temporary orders are necessary".
"I had to make sure I was heard, make sure the team was heard, because my teammates didn't want to run the triple option, either", Tate told Bleacher Report.
Above all else, protecting Ohio State had to be the priority for any decision, and Meyer made the correct one. "The details I'm obligated to give, I gave. You have to make decisions that are for the best of the program, and I did".
In his clarifying comments Tuesday, Meyer said of the 2015 allegations, "I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there".
Meyer declined to say specifically whether the alleged actions, or the fact that they became public, were the motivation for firing Smith.
But even more importantly, coaches can not be aligned with such matters.
By all accounts, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expected to roll into Big Ten media day with a focus on how his team is expected to repeat as conference champions and compete for a national title. "You're talking about people's lives", he said. He said he did not know of any other domestic issues Smith had during their time at Ohio State.
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