The Latest: Smith says Ohio St AD aware of 2015 allegations
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The latest on Ohio State's investigation of coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic violence claims against an assistant coach (all times local):
Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith says Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith knew about 2015 domestic violence allegations against him.
In an interview with Columbus radio station 97.1 The Fan, Smith says he "made mistakes" but didn't threaten his ex-wife Courtney as she contends.
Smith's interview came shortly after coach Urban Meyer tweeted a statement saying he knew about the allegations and followed proper reporting protocols. He says he misspoke when he told reporters last week that he hadn't known about it.
Meyer is on paid leave while Ohio State investigates the issue.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he misspoke at Big Ten media days last week when asked about his knowledge of 2015 domestic abuse allegations against a fired assistant.
In a statement released on his Twitter account Friday, Meyer says he followed proper reporting protocols regarding the allegations that assistant coach Zach Smith had abused his wife. But he said he "failed in his words" when he told reporters he hadn't been aware of the accusations.
He added he found himself "not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media."
Ohio State put Meyer in paid leave and launched an investigation after reports this week that Smith's ex-wife, Courtney, had shared details of alleged 2015 abuse with Meyer's wife Shelley.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he followed proper reporting protocols regarding domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach in 2015.
Meyer posted a statement addressed to Buckeyes fans on Twitter on Friday, his first extensive comments since being placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State on Wednesday.
The university is investigating what Meyer knew about allegations made by the ex-wife of Zach Smith, who was fired last week by Meyer.
Meyer said at Big Ten media days in Chicago last week that he was unaware of allegations made by Courtney Smith in 2015 against Zach Smith that were reported to the police. Courtney Smith has also said she told Meyer's wife, Shelley, about the incidents in 2015.
Urban Meyer says his intention at media day was not to say anything inaccurate and he apologized.