Urban Meyer Supporters Rally Outside Ohio Stadium

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

Ohio State Fans Hold Cringeworthy Rally For Urban Meyer

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

The embattled Buckeyes coach was placed on paid administrative leave last week after reports surfaced that he knew about domestic violence accusations against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

The attorney also said in the statement that Courtney Smith is grateful for the support she's received and shot down some instances of "misinformation that has been circulating".

Zach Smith was sacked July 23 after Courtney Smith was granted a protective order, and Courtney Smith has alleged that he abused her on multiple occasions, including in 2015.

Leveridge said that Courtney Smith will not comment on ongoing legal matters involving her ex-husband, including the pursuit of a civil protection order, and that her focus remains on "caring for her two small children and continuing her nursing studies". "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban".

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"Bring your signs, paint your face, do whatever youve got to do - we want to be heard, we want our coach back", Hamms said in a video posted Sunday to his Facebook account. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

Questions of Meyer's handling of the situation were raised after last month's Big Ten media day, when the three-time national champion told reporters he was only aware of allegations from 2009, when Zach Smith served as a graduate assistant under Meyer at the University of Florida.

Ohio State trustees announced last week that a special "independent board working group" would direct the Meyer investigation, which is expected to last about 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.

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