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Protection Order Filed Against Zach Smith

A domestic violence civil protection order was filed again Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith on Friday, according to a report by Brett McMurphy.

The report cites Delaware, Ohio police and says that the order was filed by Smith’s ex-wife Courtney.

It’s the second time in a week that Smith’s relationship with his ex-wife has been in the spotlight.

Last Wednesday, he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after allegedly ignoring a warning and dropping his children off at his ex-wife’s house instead of an agreed upon public location.

The Smiths divorced in 2015.

More troubling, McMurphy’s report cites a 2009 case from when Smith worked on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida.

From McMurphy’s report:

On June 21, 2009, according to a Gainesville (Fla.) Police Incident report, Courtney, then 24, stated her husband Zach, then 25, “picked her up by grabbing her T-shirt and threw her against the bedroom wall located upstairs in their apartment.”

Courtney told officers Zach arrived at the residence “with an unknown female co-worker that he was partying with” and Courtney “refused to have the unknown female, who Zach kept referring to as ‘baby,’ spend the night at their residence.”

Courtney stated “a verbal argument took place over the female and questions of infidelity arose. Courtney stated Zach was intoxicated and she took the female to her house. … Courtney stated when she returned to her residence, a heated argument ensued in the upstairs bedroom. Courtney stated she tried to get Zach out of her bed, which he refused and then forcefully grabbed her.”

Courtney Smith ultimately decided not to press charges in connection with the 2009 case.

Monday, Ohio State declined to comment on the report.

The school issued a statement reading, “This is a personnel matter and we don’t typically discuss such matters publicly. We are continuing to monitor.”

Meyer is scheduled to address the media at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday.

6 Responses

  1. James Mills is a frequent contributor, unfortunately he passes himself off as a guy who “really knows football” . He likes to be seen as an authority on any topic he comments about. Don’t know the man but it is likely I don’t want that to change. He also use CEO when referring to Coach Meyer. He may think this is “cool” when in fact it is just dumb.

    1. You may want to think you have a clue, but in reality………well, some things are obvious.

      I refer to Coach Meyer as the CEO because that reference came FROM Urban Meyer. Don’t stumble over your tongue before you know the reasons why.

      I pass myself off as someone who likes football, has opinions about football, coaching and players, from Pop Warner through College ball. I couldn’t care less about the NFL. If that breaks you heart….pffffft, so what.

      This is an information site about all things Buckeye, and a forum for people to discuss it. So rather than addressing the article you thought to be BMOC (Big Mouth On Campus) and address me. If you don’t like what I have to say the solution is simple………….don’t read it. Problem solved.

      It just so happens that the CEO has done the EXACT right thing. Now run along and help Zach find a job at a car wash.

  2. Looking around for my shocked face. Lousy position coach and a dirt bag all rolled into one. Jim Tressel’s “friends and family” line of coaches were far more character driven than the current CEO’s.

    I don’t care who Zach’s grandfather was, he doesn’t belong on a collegiate football staff ANYWHERE, much less at Ohio State. The CEO has to fire the clown.

    1. Excellent post, and completely agree. The first incident should have put him on probation with Meyer, and this should get him the boot if substantiated.

  3. A domestic violence distraction immediately preceding fall camp … just freaking beautiful! I realize details are still to come out on this (and they will dribble out for weeks like a festering wound,) but as molders of young men, shouldn’t the coaching staff be held to an extremely high standard of conduct?

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