DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith accepted a plea deal Tuesday, according to reports.
According to ESPN, Smith pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in exchange for the dismissal of a criminal trespassing charge.
A judge in Delaware County reportedly ordered Smith to pay $289 in fines and court fees.
ESPN said Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, told them she was granted a three-year protection order.
However, WBNS reported Smith’s attorney said Zach and Courtney came to a mutual agreement to stay away from each other for three years.
Zach Smith tweeted Tuesday, “Charges dropped. Cases dismissed. Faith, patience & the truth will always prevail.”
Charges dropped. Cases dismissed. Faith, patience & the truth will always prevail. pic.twitter.com/TNxkGGh4DR
— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) October 23, 2018
Smith was fired by Ohio State on July 23 after he was served with a civil protection order on behalf of his ex-wife.
In August, the Ohio State Board of Trustees handed down a three-game suspension against Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer for mishandling problems with Smith. Athletic director Gene Smith was suspended from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16.