Coaches, players still off-limits at Ohio State

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

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.

In the wake of an Ohio State investigation into Urban Meyers possible knowledge of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant, during which the decorated coach has been placed on paid administrative leave, a number of Buckeyes fans are showing support for the coach.

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".

In those remarks, he claimed there was "nothing" to a report that police had twice been called to the home of former assistant Zach Smith in 2015 to respond to allegations by his then-wife, Courtney, of domestic abuse and menace by stalking.

The attorney emphasized that Courntey is, in fact, 'a victim of domestic violence, ' adding that blaming the victim [is] unacceptable'.

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.

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.

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".

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation". Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week.

The school press release issued Sunday night indicated that former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson was appointed to head up the "independent working group" looking into Meyer's actions.

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