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Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

Courtney Smith has not been paid for any media interviews she has conducted, Leveridge said, and she has made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse" against her ex-husband.

The Urban Meyer controversy at Ohio State remains a blockbuster that could get some clarity by the end of the 14-day window the university has set to examine the football coach's decisionmaking and shifting stories about the 2015 domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith, the assistant coach Ohio State recently fired. Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to be completed in two weeks.

Meyer later said in a statement that he was not "adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media" and admitted to having knowledge of the 2015 incident.

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

Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against former assistant Zach Smith in 2015.

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

What Meyer knew and when he knew it became a question after college football writer Brett McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of injuries through text messages that she shared with McMurphy. According to Meyer, he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" after learning of alleged abuse by the Buckeyes former wide receivers coach. The statment says Smith will fully cooperate with the university's investigation.

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.

An Ohio native, he flew in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to lead a demonstration in support of Meyer at Ohio Stadium.

Leveridge also said that Smith "received absolutely no compensation" for granting interviews to reporters.


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