Many Florida fans mocked Ohio State and Urban Meyer when the head coach was placed on administrative leave after lying about his knowledge of assistant coach Zach Smith‘s history of domestic abuse earlier this month.
On Friday, Meyer’s former boss lumped Florida in the mess that could ultimately cost the Buckeyes coach his job.
Former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who dropped the bombshell report, tweeted this dandy on Friday:
Former Florida AD Jeremy Foley declined comment Friday about 2009 domestic violence arrest of former UF graduate assistant Zach Smith. Urban Meyer stated last week he followed “proper reporting protocols” at Florida, relating to Smith’s 2009 arresthttps://t.co/m1igbKIEpx
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2018
As a graduate-assistant for Florida in 2009, Smith was arrested for aggravated battery of his pregnant wife. Smith also faced allegations of domestic abuse in 2015 while employed at Ohio State.
Meyer released a statement last week that (as McMurphy’s tweet reads) he followed proper protocols relating to the arrest of Smith in June 2009 in addition to the 2015 incident.
Jeremy Foley now serves as the emeritus athletic director at UF and declined to comment (through a university spokesman) when reached by The Associated Press.
Foley was the AD at Florida from 1992-2016.
For what it’s worth, the Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley believes that there is zero chance that Foley knew anything:
Anybody who thinks that Urban Meyer told Jeremy Foley about spousal abuse in 2009 and UF did not act has never met Foley. He fired an assistant for an illegal bump and another for stuff that happened at another school. Zach Smith was a grad assistant.
— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) August 2, 2018
Foley’s failure to provide clarity in what he knew in 2009 has done his employer no favors. Instead, the Florida football program is now squarely entrenched in the mess in Columbus, OH.
*NOTE: Zach Smith has never been charged nor convicted for any matter related to domestic violence. Smith was fired as Ohio State’s wide receiver’s coach on July 23.
Follow the link in McMurphy’s tweet for a more detailed report.