Zach Smith had sex toys delivered to him at Ohio State's football headquarters in 2015, according to a report Friday, raising more questions about the former assistant coach's conduct while employed there just as the university prepares to conclude its investigation of the program and head coach Urban Meyer.
Stadium also reported that Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's ex-wife, said he took photos of himself receiving oral sex and having sex with an Ohio State staffer in the Buckeyes coaches' offices in 2015, as well as a photo of his genitalia. According to the report, Courtney Smith also said her former husband sent a photo of his genitalia with a time stamp that indicates it is from the day Ohio State visited the White House that same year. One photo included a White House bathroom towel with the seal of the president.
The report said Zach Smith had $2,200 worth of personal items, including sex toys, delivered to the Buckeyes' football offices inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, told Stadium that he had "no idea" about the photos and sex paraphernalia.
Ohio State announced Friday night that its investigation of the football program and Meyer will be completed Sunday as planned. Investigators will deliver a report for the independent working group directing the inquiry, which will be shared with the board of trustees in an executive session next week.
Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave Aug. 1 after Courtney Smith accused him of mishandling past domestic assault allegations she made against Zach Smith. The university appointed the special working group to review the allegations on Aug. 5 and said the investigation would be completed in two weeks.
Courtney Smith said in an interview with college football reporter Brett McMurphy that she believed Meyer and others at Ohio State knew about accusations of domestic abuse in 2015 and did not act on them. Meyer, who fired Zach Smith in late July, originally said he knew nothing about a 2015 incident between the Smiths. He later retracted that statement and said he followed proper protocol in reporting the issue when it occurred in October 2015.
University president Michael Drake did not get into specifics when asked whether lying to the public could be considered a fireable offense.
"What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, et cetera," Drake said. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions. I've been doing my best possible job to keep an open mind. As I said, stay tuned."
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the 2015 allegations, according to Zach Smith. Gene Smith, who has been in charge of the Buckeyes' athletic department for more than a decade, has not publicly commented on the situation.
Drake, along with the board of trustees, will determine what action is needed after hearing the results of the investigation. In its statement Friday, the university said public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance and that following deliberations with the board, Drake will announce his decision.
The independent working group is chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson. The investigation is being led by former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.