Lawyer: Ohio State never contacted Courtney Smith

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The ex-wife of fired assistant football coach Zach Smith says Ohio State University officials never contacted her to discuss domestic abuse allegations.

Julia Leveridge, the attorney for Courtney Smith, said Tuesday in a statement that her client is "a victim of domestic violence" and emphasized that "blaming the victim" is "unacceptable".

Leveridge stated that Smith has not received any compensation for any interview with reporters she has granted, and that Smith had made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse against her ex-husband".

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. In a statement on Friday, Meyer admitted to knowing about Smith's history with his ex-wife Courtney Smith, despite saying he knew nothing about an alleged 2015 incident when asked about it in July at Big Ten Media Days.

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"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", she told Stadium.

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

In wake of the allegations against Meyer, Ohio State has placed the head coach on paid administrative leave while they conduct their own investigation into the matter.

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

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