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

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

Amid Ohio State University's investigation into exactly what head football coach Urban Meyer knew and how he handled domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, Buckeyes fans have taken to Ohio Stadium to show support for their coach.

So why are the men's accusations being so challenged and even summarily dismissed by some people before Ohio State's inquiry or several lawsuits that were filed in mid-July against the university are even close to being complete? An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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. Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week.

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.

Meyer has gone 73-8 in six seasons at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2014 and two Big Ten titles after winning a pair of national titles at Florida. According to Meyer, he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" after learning of alleged abuse by the Buckeyes former wide receivers coach.

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Julia Leveridge released a statement Monday that read, in part, that "while The Ohio State University has never contracted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout.

The school press release issued Sunday night indicated that former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson was appointed to head up the "independent working group" looking into Meyer's actions.

Leveridge's statement was also apparently a response to accusations against her client, attacking Courtney Smith's credibility.

According to the new report, Smith, who was sacked earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.

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