Zach Smith, ex-Ohio State assistant coach, must spend 20 days in jail


Former Ohio State University assistant football coach Zach Smith was sentenced Friday to serve 20 days in jail and pay a $750 fine.

Smith, 35, was found guilty in December of a first-degree misdemeanor count of violation of a protection order and appeared Friday in Delaware Municipal Court for sentencing.

Judge Marianne Hemmeter ordered Smith to serve 180 days in jail with 160 of those days suspended — meaning he will serve 20 days in jail, including one day Hemmeter gave him credit for serving following his May arrest. According to a docket entry filed Friday in Delaware Municipal Court, Hemmeter also ordered Smith to pay a $750 fine as well as court costs and be on a period of probation through December 2022. 

Smith was fired as Ohio State wide receivers coach in July 2018 by then-head coach Urban Meyer over criminal charges filed against him and other allegations involving domestic abuse between Smith and his ex-wife during their marriage.

Meyer came under scrutiny due to his handling of the allegations — which included claims Meyer had ignored the domestic violence complaints against Smith — as well as his responses about Smith during questioning at a Big Ten media event in fall 2018.

After an investigation by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, Meyer was suspended for three games without pay for failure to properly supervise Smith. Athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended for three weeks without pay in connection to the investigation. Meyer retired as head coach in January 2019.

Smith was arrested May 9 after the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was called when he became confrontational with staff who tried to prevent him from picking up his children at a Powell elementary school. Smith was found to be in violation of a protection order because his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, was also present. Courtney Smith had obtained a protection order against her ex-husband.


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