Offbeat Ohio State AD Gene Smith remains silent amid brewing scandal

04:00  06 august  2018
04:00  06 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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— gene smith (@OSU_ AD ) July 31, 2018. Smith has served as Ohio State ’s athletic director since 2005, a tenure that included another major controversy related to the school’s football program. Jim Tressel resigned under pressure in 2011 amid allegations he attempted to cover up a scheme in

Place An Ad . Manage Your Ad . More Classifieds. Zach Smith said he found out that Courtney Smith alleged domestic abuse in 2015 when he got a phone call from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith while he was out recruiting.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith remains on the job  while his star head football coach, Urban Meyer, sits on paid administrative leave

Meyer, the focus of an independent investigation appointed by the OSU Board of Trustees, issued a statement Friday. In it, he clarified his handling of domestic abuse allegations made against since-fired assistant coach Zach Smith by his then-wife in 2015.

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For Gene Smith , Ohio State ’s once-embattled athletic director, life is good these days. Or, at least, better than it was. While Tressel and Gee remain popular figures in Ohio , the state ’s relationship with Smith is more complicated.

Zach Smith has done interviews  in which he’s said Gene Smith not only knew of the allegations, but pulled him off the road during a recruiting trip nearly three years ago as a result. 

But Gene Smith has yet to tell his version of events. He’s declined to talk to the news media in recent days and did not return an email inquiry from USA TODAY Sports. No one answered the door during a Sunday visit to his residence, about 15 miles east of campus.  

“If you’re going to fire Urban Meyer, you have to fire Gene Smith,” Mark Kapostasy of Cincinnati opined at a food cart in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood. 

Meyer, while not naming Gene Smith, said in his statement that he followed procedure. 

“l have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015,” Meyer said. 

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Ohio State AD Gene Smith on holding spring practice in Florida: "If we were jump starting our program, I'd probably try to do that too." Yeah he went there. OSU was hit with a one-year bowl ban and other punishments by the NCAA in 2012 after a tattoo scandal that involved eight players and led

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith denied ever abusing his then-wife, allegations he said in a radio interview Friday that athletic director Gene Smith was More on ohio state scandal . SHIFTING FOCUS: Meyer and Smith defenses put spotlight on Ohio State AD .

Zach Smith said Gene Smith was made aware of the October 2015 incident by police around the time he allegedly had a physical confrontation with Courtney Smith. The two were separated at the time and divorced in 2016.  Zach Smith wasn’t charged in that incident, although he faces a trespassing charge in Delaware County, Ohio, that came to light days before he was fired July 23. 

There’s been no confirmation from police in Powell, Ohio, whether a representative from the department reached out to anyone at Ohio State. It’s also not clear how Meyer learned about the incident in 2015.

Gene Smith easily could clear up the timeline if he chose to, but instead, he’s the lone major figure in the scandal that has rocked this area over the last couple weeks that hasn’t said anything.  

Meyer issued his statement via Twitter. Gene Smith’s last post on the social media service was July 31, which included a photo from an Ohio State men’s basketball practice. 

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Like Kirby Smart and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey before him, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith criticized Michigan for holding their first week of spring practices at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., instead of on campus.

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