Courtney Smith Says OSU Never Contacted Her About Domestic Abuse Allegations

Jeff-Hamms

It seems like we're getting news on the situation at Ohio State nearly daily, and we have more today.

In a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, Julia Leveridge said Ohio State has "never contacted Ms. Smith" to discuss the domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, either in the immediate aftermath of an alleged 2015 incident or in the years since.

Ohio State University has never contacted the ex-wife of recently-fired assistant football coach Zach Smith, either in the immediate wake of her 2015 abuse allegations against him or after he was arrested in July for allegedly trespassing on her property - a crime that brought previous accusations of domestic violence to light and ultimately led to his dismissal.

"Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University's investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith", Leveridge said in her statement.

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.

Smith, who was also Ohio State's recruiting coordinator, was sacked on July 23, just days after reports surfaced that an order of protection had been filed against him by Courtney Smith.

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Ohio State University put a 14-day timetable on its investigation into head football coach Urban Meyer's handling of an assistant coach's alleged domestic abuse, the school announced Sunday night.

"Urban Meyer is one of the best things that could ever happen for the university, and definitely for our family", Elliott told WCMH.

Numerous fans in attendance took aim at Brett McMurphy, the independent journalist who first reported that Meyer likely knew about the allegations against Zach Smith in October 2015. He insisted that he has "always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" by "elevating the issues to the proper channels" whenever he has "learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff".

In several recent interviews, Zach Smith has denied abusing Courtney.

Around 200 fans rallied in support of Meyer outside Ohio Stadium Monday night.

"Decisions about actions, based on the findings of the investigation, will be made by the president of the university (Michael V. Drake) in consultation with the board of trustees", according to the school's statement.

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