Courtney Smith Says OSU Never Contacted Her About Domestic Abuse Allegations

Courtney Smith's lawyer says client never contacted by Ohio State to discuss domestic assault allegations

According to a statement from Courtney Smith's attorney, Julia Leveridge, the school "never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, ' but, 'she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation" into the handling of the matter by head coach Urban Meyer.

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

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.

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. Late Sunday night, the university said in a statement that its "investigation is expected to be completed within 14 days".

It is unclear whether or not OSU policy requires a school representative to reach out to the alleged victim in a case like this.


In those remarks, he claimed there was "nothing" to a report that police had twice been called to the home of former assistant Zach Smith in 2015 to respond to allegations by his then-wife, Courtney, of domestic abuse and menace by stalking. Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week.

According to Courtney Smith, Meyer's wife, Shelley, was aware of the ongoing abuse and told him of the incident.

The lawyer for Courtney Smith said in a statement Tuesday that Courtney was not contacted by Ohio State University regarding the domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith in 2015.

Ohio State fan Jeff Hamms, who organized the event on his Facebook page, took center stage at the rally, leading the roughly 200 fans in "Urban Meyer" chants while others stood by with their pro-Meyer and anti-ESPN signs, including one that mocked the Me Too movement.

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