Smith was arrested Sunday at the Oakland Airport around 10 a.m. when was about to board a flight home to San Diego. The Toreros were playing their last regular-season game against the San Francisco Dons on Saturday. After midnight Sunday, police received a domestic violence call at a hotel in Union Square and Smith was identified by the victim as the perpetrator, San Francisco police Officer Robert Rueca said.
“Considering the serious nature of the charges, this morning we placed Coach Smith on administrative leave until further notice,” USD said in a statement to Times of San Diego. “Our values as a faith-based institution call upon us to proceed with justice and compassion.”
Smith is married with two children according to his biography on USD’s Website.
The school said it has started its own investigation. Monday’s basketball practice was canceled and in the meantime, assistant coach Sam Scholl will take over coaching duties for the Toreros for their entire post-season, the school said.
Smith took over the program as head coach three years ago and this season was the first winning season for the Toreros under his leadership. USD’s 18 wins this season is the program’s most since the 2013-2014 season and this was the first time USD fished .500 or better in conference play since the 2007-08 season.