"I really never did ever offer this guy a job".
"When we did a background check, we decided it was better to hire someone else", Saban told the media at a press conference on Saturday.
In the messages to an individual whose name was redacted, Meyer had said, "Zach Smith was offered wr/passing game coord at Alabama. Went there to talk to Saban", Meyer said in the text.
Saban eventually hired Josh Gattis for the position in January 2018; Gattis is now the offensive coordinator at MI.
In a text Meyer sent on January 21, 2018, he wrote that Smith had been offered a job as wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator by Alabama coach Nick Saban. Meyer retired at the end of that year, citing health concerns.
The Crimson Tide's connection with Smith surfaced with the release Friday of former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's texts and emails by Ohio State after an external investigation into what he knew about allegations of domestic violence made by Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
Ohio State suspended Meyer for three games during the 2018 season over his handling of the allegations, while Zach Smith was sacked by Meyer. Smith claims to have turned down the offer to stay at Ohio State with Meyer.
Meyer also wrote that Alabama pursued four Ohio State assistants, including Smith, Greg Schiano, Kerry Coombs and Alex Grinch.
"I think it's pretty common that sometimes people that get interviewed someplace or someone calls and shows interest in them", said Saban.
Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. A notable absence was linebacker Eyabi Anoma. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of last season by Ohio State after the investigation.