August 10th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

As Ohio State continues investigating what head football coach Urban Meyer knew about domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015, a new report on Thursday shows just how complicated the issue could be for the investigative team. In a report published on the Facebook page of veteran sports writer Jeff Snook, the mothers of Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, painted a very different picture of the allegations against Zach Smith, one that only adds to the confusion of a high-profile case that continues to get national attention. Claims from Lynne Bruce, Zach Smith’s mother and daughter of former OSU coach Earle Bruce, and Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, make it clear that the investigative team will have alternative versions of events to sift through in attempting to determine the fate of Meyer, and that of athletic director Gene Smith. One thing that seems clear from Thursday’s report is that this is the side of the story that Meyer will take. In their interview with Snook, Bruce and Carano claim the domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith are false, and that Courtney Smith vowed years ago to “take down” her ex-husband, and Meyer. Bruce told Snook that her former daughter-in-law told her back in 2013 that she would “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.” Carano, the estranged mother of Courtney Smith, reportedly told Snook in text messages that she doesn’t believe Zach Smith ever “intentionally swung or punched” or “intentionally abused” her daughter. Asked by Snook if she ever heard her daughter vow to “take Zach down,” Carano replied, “yes.” -Bill Landis, Cleveland.com, Read More

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