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Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith goes public to defend himself; says AD knew of 2015 incident

Ever since the story broke about former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith alledgedly hitting his wife multiple times, everybody has weighed-in on the topic.

Reporters are saying he is an abuser, he is a liar and Courtney Smith, his ex-wife, is telling the truth. Well, public opinion is not going to matter anyway cause Ohio State University has put together a committee to sort it all out, truth from fiction.

Zach Smith (courtesy OSU)

In a Friday radio interview, Coach Smith gave his side of the story about the allegations. He denied ever abusing his then-wife, and that athletic director Gene Smith was very much aware of an alleged incident in 2015. ”I’ve never committed domestic abuse against her,” Smith said during the radio interview.

Coach Smith said that Gene Smith pulled him off the road during a recruiting trip after the 2015 allegations were brought to his attention.

Coach Smith admitted during the interview, “Gene Smith said I have to immediately be on the next plane back.”

Coach Smith was fired in July after allegations of harrassment, stalking and trespassing were made by Courtney Smith as part of a protective court order she was granted. Mrs. Smith has come out in interviews this week that Coach Smith had abused her on multiple occasions.

Coach Smith said on the air that he was fired due to a “media uproar” after his ex-wife went public.

“It’s a move they had to make,” Coach Smith said. “I don’t think that I deserved it, but it wasn’t wrong.”

Those public revelations led Ohio State University to put head football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave earlier this week so an independent group can investigate how Meyer, Gene Smith and others handled the entire situation concerning Coach Smith.

Eventhough Meyer fired Coach Smith, the former Wide receivers/Recruiting Coordinator doesn’t feel his former boss should be fired.

“If it happens, it’d be dead wrong,” Smith said. “If he loses his job, it’s flat wrong. This is the guy who fired me. It would be a crime.”

Coach Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State Football Coach, Earle Bruce, who passed away during the past offseason.





Daily Almanac for Saturday, August 4, 2018: Day 216 of the Year







National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2)

National Watermelon Day (August 3)

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (August 4)

National S’mores Day (August 10)

and National Trail Mix Day (August 31)



National Roller Coaster Day (August 16)

National Dog Day (August 26)

National Tell a Joke Day (August 16)
























2018 Reds draft choice Jonathan India, now playing at Single-A Dayton




Jonathan India

DAYTON, OHIO—Jonathan India, the Cincinnati Reds 2018 first round draft pick, has been promoted to the Dayton Dragons from Billings in the Pioneer League.


India was the fifth overall selection in the 2018 June draft.  He played college baseball at the University of Florida, where he was the 2018 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American.  At Florida in 2018, India batted .350 with 21 home runs and 52 runs batted in, appearing in 68 games.  His home run total was the fifth highest in school history, and his slugging percentage of .717 was the fourth highest ever at UF.


India has appeared in 17 professional games for the Reds Advanced-Rookie affiliates, Greenville and Billings, batting a combined .259 with three home runs and 12 RBI.


India is a native of Plantation, Florida.


The addition of India gives the Dragons the last two Reds first round draft picks (along with Hunter Greene in 2017).  He is the 17th Reds first round pick to play for the Dragons.


Reds #1 draft picks to play for the Dayton Dragons:


Austin Kearns

Ty Howington

David Espinosa

Chris Gruler

Homer Bailey

Jay Bruce

Drew Stubbs

Devin Mesoraco

Robert Stephenson

Nick Travieso

Phillip Ervin

Nick Howard

Alex Blandino

Tyler Stephenson

Nick Senzel

Hunter Greene

Jonathan India


For Dragons ticket information, call (937) 228-2287 or go to this link:




NFL announces Pro Bowl to return to Orlando, Florida in 2019



Camping World Stadium in Orlando 2015 photo By Kitch - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will return to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET, the NFL confirmed today.


As the presenting sponsor, Verizon will be incorporated into numerous elements of Pro Bowl Week’s celebratory events and have a significant presence at Camping World Stadium during the game, including one of a kind experiences for members of the Verizon Up rewards program.


The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Additional distribution on digital and audio platforms to be announced at a later date.


“We’re excited to return to Orlando for the Pro Bowl and to provide the ultimate football and family experience to our fans, players and partners,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Events PETER O’REILLY. “Hosting the event in Orlando has allowed us to expand the Pro Bowl into a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community. We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Verizon as the presenting sponsor and look forward to showcasing the NFL’s best alongside the next generation of stars on the Pro Bowl stage.”


Fans in attendance will be presented with a special pre-game opportunity to see the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium, bringing them closer than ever to the All-Stars on the field. Family priced sections, concession deals, and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium and there will be specific AFC and NFC section seating for fans to cheer for their favorite players. Special prizes will be given out during the game, including a grand prize Super Bowl package to be presented to the Pro Bowl “All-Star Fan” at Camping World Stadium. Fans will also enjoy a post-game fireworks show to cap off the celebration. On the televised broadcast, viewers will be treated to unique player access, featuring mic-ed up players along with social media usage from the sidelines.


Tickets for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will go on sale in the fall. Fans interested in purchasing tickets may register at for presale opportunities. Season Ticket Members for all 32 teams will automatically be included in the presale, and all previous Orlando Pro Bowl ticket buyers will receive priority access to purchase tickets.


“We’re thrilled to welcome the NFL Pro Bowl back to our city and Camping World Stadium,” said Orlando Mayor BUDDY DYER. “The NFL returning one of its marquee events to our community for the third time solidifies our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the nation. Our city has embraced hosting the Pro Bowl and we look forward to welcoming the NFL’s best back to Orlando in January.”


The legacy of the 2019 Pro Bowl will extend beyond Camping World Stadium through support from the NFL Foundation as well as additional community events benefitting residents of the surrounding region. Last year, the NFL Foundation provided a Pro Bowl Grant to the City of Orlando to fund multiple Orlando-based revitalization projects. In addition, the players on the winning Pro Bowl team will be eligible to receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support the high school or youth football programs of their choice.


“We are delighted that for the third consecutive year, the NFL Pro Bowl has chosen to return to Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor TERESA JACOBS. “There’s simply no place like Orlando when it comes to a family- and fan-friendly environment. Our investment in Camping World Stadium continues to pay strong dividends, and our entire community has worked together with the NFL to expand this annual sports celebration into an unforgettable week-long experience.”


The NFL will provide fans of all ages with unique opportunitie​​s to be a part of festivities associated with PRO BOWL WEEK. The NFL will host events across the Orlando area, bringing new experiences and activities while commemorating all levels of football – from youth to the NFL’s best.


Pro Bowl Week festivities in Orlando will include the NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS POWERED BY USA FOOTBALL, which will culminate live on ESPN/ABC on Pro Bowl Sunday; the announcement of the prestigious DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD; and the NFL PRO BOWL EXPERIENCE, a free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans will also have fan access to AFC and NFC TEAM PRACTICES. In addition, Pro Bowl Week will include the return of the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, testing the athletic prowess of All-Stars from each conference in unique competitions. ​


“We are thrilled to welcome the Pro Bowl back to Central Florida,” Florida Citrus Sports CEO STEVE HOGAN said. “Over the past two years, Orlando has proved to be the perfect host for one of the NFL’s premier events, and we’re excited for the opportunity to make 2019 the most successful Pro Bowl Week yet.”


The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC format and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference.


NFL to start 2018 Season in Philadelphia as Eagles celebrate Super Bowl Championship




NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30 – 8:10 p.m. ET

Precedes NFL Kickoff Game:

The NFL kicks off its 2018 season with “2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 6. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter SHAWN MENDES will perform live before the game at PENN’S LANDING – COLUMBUS BOULEVARD AT MARKET STREET in Philadelphia, it was announced Thursday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.   

Shawn Mendes’ performance will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 40-minute pregame show from Philadelphia from 7:30 – 8:10 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.

AL MICHAELS will call the action alongside CRIS COLLINSWORTHMICHELE TAFOYA will report from the sideline, and three-time Super Bowl referee TERRY MCAULAY, Sunday Night Football’s new rules analyst, will join Al and Cris in the booth. The Football Night in America team will also be on site from Philadelphia.

The show leads into the season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, a rematch of their 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field (NBC, streamed live via and the NBC Sports app across all platforms , the Yahoo Sports app, Westwood One Radio Sports,8:20 PM ET).

The musical performance is part of the celebration to kick off the 2018 season and to honor the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.  This is the 17th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 14th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by GREGG GELFAND.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top-tier sponsors for NFL Kickoff include Bud Light, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

To apply for credentials to cover the “2018 NFL Kickoff Driven by Hyundai” concert please email with the following information: name, outlet and number of credentials being requested. We accept one application per organization and the application must be submitted by the editor. The credential deadline is August 24th. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Philadelphia Eagles.


9/5/2002 Times Square, New York CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)
9/4/2003 The National Mall, Washington, DC ABC Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte NY Jets at Washington (ABC)
9/9/2004 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville ABC Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.) Indianapolis at New England (ABC)
9/8/2005 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit ABC Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit) Oakland at New England (ABC)
9/7/2006 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami NBC Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami) Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/6/2007 Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis NBC, NFLN John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem) New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)
9/4/2008 Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher Washington at New York Giants (NBC)
9/10/2009 Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh NFLN, NBC Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem) Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/9/2010 Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans NFLN, NBC Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem) Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)
9/8/2011 Lambeau Field, 

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)
9/5/2012 Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Mariah Carey, No Doubt Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)
9/5/2013 Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver NFLN, NBC Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem) Baltimore at Denver 


9/4/2014 CenturyLink Field, Seattle NFLN, NBC Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem) Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)
9/10/2015 Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Ellie Goulding, Train Pittsburgh at New England (NBC)
9/8/2016 Civic Center Park, Denver NFLN, NBC Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem) Carolina at Denver (NBC)
9/7/2017 Christopher Columbus Park, Boston / Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Guster, Flo Rida, Maren Morris (Anthem) Kansas City at New England (NBC)


About Shawn Mendes

Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 7 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 11 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 15 billion song streams and 4 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North American and Asia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21″ in 2017 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential” for 4 consecutive years.  He was also just featured in Time Magazine’s coveted Time 100 annual issue. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.


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