Courtney Smith Says OSU Never Contacted Her About Domestic Abuse Allegations

Heather Diaz
August 10, 2018

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is now on paid administrative leave as the school investigates the way the 2015 accusation was handled within the football program. 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".

Courtney Smith's attorney also felt the need to "set the record straight" about her client, including in the statement that Courtney was not paid for her interviews with Stadium, has tried to press charges against Zach and that Courtney has never committed a criminal offense.

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

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.

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

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'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 the statement.

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.

Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout. Courtney Smith release a rather lengthy statement through her Attorney Julia Leveridge today.

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

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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