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Fired Ohio St Z.Smith Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

October 24, 2018 - 2:22 pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife.

Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from a May dispute. According to Delaware Municipal Court documents, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was fined $150.

Smith said in a Twitter post he agreed to plead guilty to avoid the cost of a trial and end the situation.

Smith was fired in July by coach Urban Meyer after domestic violence allegations surfaced against the wide receivers coach. Meyer later was suspended for three games for his handling of it.

Smith was not criminally charged with domestic violence.

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