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Lawyer: Ohio State never contacted Courtney Smith

10 August, 2018, 10:40 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Courtney Smith's lawyer says client never contacted by Ohio State to discuss domestic assault allegations

Zach Smith, the school's former wide receivers coach, was sacked July 23, days after Courtney filed for a protection order against him and hours after domestic abuse allegations from 2009 and 2015 were revealed.

A rally in support of Meyer was held near the rotunda on the north end of Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Monday, but only about 100 or so people attended, according to multiple reports.

Ohio State is trying to get back to business as usual while coach Urban Meyer is on paid leave, opening part of Tuesday's practice to the media even as coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews.

Zach Smith said in two interviews last week that he never committed domestic violence and any bruises that were on his ex-wife were made in self-defense.

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Ohio State trustees announced last week that a special "independent board working group" would direct the Meyer investigation, which is expected to last about two weeks.

Stacy Elliott spoke fervently in favor of Meyer. "It's wrong that he's not on the field with his boys right now". "While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn't know anything about abuse allegations made by Zach Smith's ex-wife Courtney in October 2015.

Meyer admitted Friday that he knew of both alleged incidents at the time and "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures", acknowledging that his recent statements were inaccurate. Meyer blamed his initial lies on inadequate preparation in the statement and said he reported the 2015 accusation to the proper channels.

The Buckeyes open their season September 1 at home against Oregon State.

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