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Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

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".

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. "We can't have someone like this coaching young men".

On Friday, Meyer acknowledged that he had "failed" to be "completely accurate" in comments he made at a Big Ten media days session the week before.

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.


Ohio State fired assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23 when his past allegations of domestic assault were brought to light by reporter Brett McMurphy. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban".

Furthermore, Leveridge stated that Courntey Smith has not received any compensation for two recent interviews in which she asserted that Shelley Meyer was aware of the alleged abuse at the hands of Zach Smith. 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".

The university is investigating whether head football coach Urban Meyer and other employees followed proper protocol in reporting the incident, and the school said in a statement Sunday night that it expects to complete its investigation into the matter within two weeks.

Zach Smith told Columbus radio station 105.7 The Zone that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith questioned him during the 2015 football season about the allegations made by Courtney Smith that fall.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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