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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

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.

Chants of "Urban Meyer" and "O-H-I-O" rang out as more than 100 Ohio State football fans rallied outside Ohio Stadium to show support for the embattled football coach.

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".

The wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator - who also is the son of the late Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce - was sacked July 23 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him. "We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else".

Fans like "Tennessee Jeff" Hamms and Stacy Elliott, the father of former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott, pumped up fans with stories of Meyer's success at Ohio State, which includes a 2014 national title when Elliott was among the team's best players. "While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

It's unclear, of course, if the smaller raise had anything to do with the domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. Meyer initially reporters that he knew nothing about the incident that occurred in 2015 while Smith was working for him at Ohio State.

In opening and closing, the statement also says that Courtney Smith will have no further comments until all legal matters are resolved. Numerous attendees at the rally had signs blaming ESPN, a media company that has had little role in the original reporting of the saga.

Courtney Smith has not been paid for any media interviews she has conducted, Leveridge said, and she has made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse" against her ex-husband.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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