At the time of Smith's firing, Urban Meyer said he never knew about the domestic violence, and that if he had he would have fired Smith a long time ago. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
Practice in Columbus starts on Friday, and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as the acting head coach in preparation for the 2018 season.
Smith, who was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim in 2009 while working for Meyer at Florida, was sacked by Ohio State in July after he was arrested on a criminal trespassing charge. In that event, Smith's job could very well be jeopardy, at which point a coaching search could take on an entirely different tenor. On October 26, 2015, the day after Smith allegedly assaulted his wife Courtney Smith, Meyer appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to promote a book.
Meyer said he and his wife, Shelley Meyer, "actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward".
"Well he is a good friend of mine and a good football coach", Whittingham said when asked rather unspecifically about his thoughts on Meyer. "I even read it myself", said Kara Reutter, parent. Meyer's wife, Shelley, was made aware of the allegations, and said she would speak to her husband, Courtney Smith told the network.
Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse. He said he didn't know of any incident in 2015 but that the Ohio State staff did its own investigation and found no basis for the allegation. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced. First I heard about that was last night.