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Meyer's explanation for firing Smith - who on Friday had a protective order filed against him - left some open-ended questions for the coach to answer, especially considering he was on Meyer's staff at Florida from 2005-09 and Ohio State since 2012.

Meyer said it's not known yet whether or not Brian Hartline, a graduate assistant for Ohio State as of current, will be shifted into a permanent coaching role now that Smith is absent.

Instead of being contrite, Meyer was somewhat combative during his press conference at Big Ten media day, refuting the 2015 report from the get-go.

"It came back to me". Was the most recent criminal trespass charge enough on its own for Ohio State to move on from an assistant heading into his seventh season with the program?

Meyer's explanation of events surrounding his program's firing of wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith doesn't add up unless Meyer somehow missed that Smith was investigated for assault against his now ex-wife Courtney in the fall of 2015.

Whether Wilson is still joined by other power commits remains to be seen; unlike the Texan, top recruits Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams have yet to commit, and could be swayed away from Ohio State by perceived instability following Smith's axing.

Meyer says the move was the best thing for his team.

Instead he tried to sweep away accountability, saying what was reported about the 2009 incident "wasn't actually what happened" and attempting to discredit news reports about a 2015 incident between Smith and his ex-wife that an OH police department later verified to reporters. So I know nothing about it.

Meyer and Smith have a close relationship.

"To say that doesn't have something to do with it, it does a little bit", said Meyer.

An inquiry conducted into the 2015 episode "found nothing", Meyer said.

". I do understand the value that the Ohio State University is bigger than all of us". So you have to do what's right by them. And the timing? It wasn't just my decision. "It was a group decision from several people I rely on".

But Meyer could have talked about what he has learned the last few years about domestic abuse - as many have as the issue has grown into a national topic and important movement - and how that would have shaped his response today compared with nine years ago. Meyer mentioned that he and his wife, Shelley, attempted to intervene in the Smiths' relationship by suggesting the couple seek counseling.

"It's a personal matter", Meyer said. "The details I'm obligated to give, I gave".

Meyer told ESPN on Tuesday that his staffers were also told by Powell police Monday that they didn't have record of any incidents in 2015. I was never told about anything, there was never anything came to light. Instead of firing Smith then, Meyer chose to keep him on staff. That's the position I hold. It's time to move forward.


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