Koffel argued there is “nothing unique” about the Smiths’ divorce despite Courtney Smith accusing Zach of abusing her and Zach’s admission their marriage was “toxic” during an interview with ESPN on Friday night.
Zach Smith said there were multiple occasions when things got physical while he was trying to extricate himself from an argument and denied ever abusing Courtney despite being “a bad husband” who “pushed her buttons.”
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Koffel did not touch on that, but he defended Meyer’s handling of queries into the Smith situation during his appearance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 24.
Meyer has been heavily criticized for saying the 2015 incident was "nothing" and asking, "Who creates a report like that?"
In Koffel’s view, “(Meyer) was asked a question predicated on, listen to me, false internet reports that were hours old, and he answered that question appropriately.”
That was in reference to a Facebook post by Brett McMurphy, who reported he had a police report showing Zach Smith had been arrested for domestic violence and felonious assault against his then-wife in 2015. McMurphy later wrote that an updated report released by Powell, Ohio, police no longer showed Smith had been arrested.
“What was being reported that happened in 2015 never happened. (Those reports) were false,” Koffel said, seemingly focusing on whether or not Smith was actually arrested rather than if there were an incident that was investigated by police.
“(Meyer) didn’t lie to (the media) on Media Day,” Koffel said. "(The media) asked a poor question based upon false internet reports. Get your facts straight before you ask a question like that on the record. I have the facts. I have all the police reports. Yes. Nine. You know what they are? They’re traffic violations. Six of them. Another call about an elderly man, 65-year-old, followed the assistant coach’s wife back to her house. She got spooked. Another was a well-being check on the kids. The police showed up and everything was just fine. There are no reports. There are no arrests. OK?”
Koffel also questioned responsibility being assigned to Meyer and OSU director of athletics Gene Smith when the matter was investigated by local law enforcement.
“Mind you the investigating officers with jurisdiction over such matters and a state law that mandates arrests for domestic violence never arrested or charged said assistant coach, but the head coach and now the athletic director are supposed to do more than the police? Since when?” Koffel said.
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He went on to lament the public becoming “conditioned sheep who think heads have to roll because the media says so. This reminds me of those ancient tribes that sacrificed a virgin to please the gods. We are more sophisticated than that. To not let New York or Bristol, Connecticut, run unchecked and tell us how we should think and force institutions to bend to their will.”
Ohio State announced Sunday night it hopes to have an investigation into Meyer's handling of the domestic violence allegation finished within 14 days.