Zach Smith Fired By Ohio State University
A relatively obscure position coach for Ohio State University’s football program became a household name when wide receivers coach Zach Smith was fired by the University after his wife filed for a protection order against him. The story caught fire amidst a sports climate that really cracked down on domestic conflicts among athletes and sports professionals.
However, the story got even more publicity as news emerged that Smith’s transgressions dated as far back as 2012. If that was the case, then Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had to have known about the charges, and still did nothing to discipline Smith; in fact, in many ways, it appeared that Meyer looked the other way on Smith’s behavior. In the eyes of many, Meyer stepping away from Ohio State at the end of 2018 was far from coincidental.