Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
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Lawyer: Ohio State never contacted Courtney Smith

Lawyer: Ohio State never contacted Courtney Smith

The embattled Buckeyes coach was placed on paid administrative leave last week after reports surfaced that he knew about domestic violence accusations against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

While players were checking in Monday evening to the hotel where they will stay during camp, around 200 fans rallied in support of Meyer outside Ohio Stadium. "While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

Courtney Smith's attorney, Julia Leveridge, released a statement on Tuesday saying her client is a domestic violence victim and that she made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic violence against her ex-husband".

"Bring your signs, paint your face, do whatever youve got to do - we want to be heard, we want our coach back", Hamms said in a video posted Sunday to his Facebook account.

In opening and closing, the statement also says that Courtney Smith will have no further comments until all legal matters are resolved.

Zach Smith was sacked July 23 after Courtney Smith was granted a protective order, and Courtney Smith has alleged that he abused her on multiple occasions, including in 2015.

The 2015 allegation happened while Zach Smith was at Ohio State and he told multiple media outlets last week that he was on the road recruiting and was told by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith to come back to Columbus after the accusation was made to police. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban".

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.

Well, Ohio State did appoint a six-person "independent" working group last week that includes three Board of Trustees members, and announced that the investigation into Meyer's actions is expected to wrap up within 14 days.

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

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