Ohio State Released Over 2,000 Texts/Emails From Urban Meyer; Urged Zach Smith To Spurn Alabama

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Zach Smith could’ve very well been a Alabama Crimson Tide problem, but Urban Meyer even screwed that up.

On Friday, Ohio State released to the public more than 2,000 pages of documents that were reviewed by investigators as part of the probe into Meyer. Among the many texts was one conversation that stood out in which the former Ohio State head coach urged Zach Smith to stay at the university and to not go to Alabama. According to the text messages, Smith had been offered a position as passing coordinator on the Alabama staff.

“I have personally invested far too much in u to get u in position to take next step,” Meyer wrote. “U need to step away from other situation and let’s go win it all… again.”

Meyer told reporters last summer that he wasn’t aware of investigated claims of domestic abuse against Smith made in Columbus in 2015. The text messages proved otherwise.

The texts also appeared to show he knowingly withheld information from the media when he addressed the situation.

“Amazingly all the stuff vs. Zach will get legally dropped and he was fired. Tuff perception world we live in. He was fired for cumulative stuff. I will not tell media,” Meyer said.

Meyer later apologized for misleading reporters with how he answered questions about that incident.

Meyer has since retired from college football and will spend 2019 as an analyst for Fox Sports.