Prior to meeting with the local media for the first time since the night he was suspended for three games, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement about his handling of domestic violence allegations and former assistant coach Zach Smith.
“I want to be clear: I do not — never have and never will — condone domestic abuse,” Meyer wrote. “I’m working to make sure I do a better job every day as a leader.”
He added that he regrets misspeaking about the allegations at Big Ten Media Days in July and his “failure to adequately manage a troubled employee. It caused people to question my commitment to our cover value of treating women with respect, and it caused them to question my honesty. For that, I am truly sorry.”
He added he wants to reaffirm his commitment to that core value and, “What I’ve learned from this experience will make me a better manager and a better leader.”
The release comes a day after the first of a two-part interview Meyer did with ESPN aired on the network.
Part two was released Monday morning.
Meyer received a six-week, three-game suspension after an independent investigation funded by the university found he did not attempt to cover up allegations Smith abused his then-wife, Courtney Smith, but that the head coach had mismanaged the employment of Smith.
Ohio State went 3-0 with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day serving as acting head coach, including a 40-28 win over No. 15 TCU.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes host Tulane on Saturday afternoon.