Boston College football coach Steve Addazio is speaking out about the Zach Smith situation. After the wide receivers coach was fired by Ohio State when domestic violence allegations surfaced, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said that he had no previous knowledge. That led to trouble when college football writer Brett McMurphy unveiled a bombshell that claims Meyer had known of the allegations.
Now, Addazio, who was an assistant under Urban Meyer at Florida and on the same staff with Smith, is sharing what he knew.
While Addazio did not say that he knew the details of the troubling domestic violence allegations — which there were multiple of — he did acknowledge that he knew of “an issue in the personal life of Zach and Courtney Smith.”
Addazio opened up to the Boston Globe over the weekend.
“While an assistant coach at Florida in 2009, I was aware that there was an issue in the personal life of Zach and Courtney Smith,” Addazio said. “I did not know specifics, and I knew the matter was in the hands of university personnel and that the couple was involved in counseling.
“As a husband, father and coach, I have zero tolerance for domestic abuse. There is no place in our program at Boston College for any member of our staff involved in domestic violence.”
With Addazio admitting he knew of an “issue” while on Meyer’s staff, it is hard to believe that Meyer did not also know — especially since Addazio was such a trusted assistant.
Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave by Ohio State and the situation doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.