Courtney Smith's Attorney Releases Statement Of Cooperation

Courtney Smith's Attorney Releases Statement Of Cooperation

Courtney Smith has not been contacted by Ohio State regarding allegations of domestic violence against her ex-husband, former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, but she will fully cooperate with the university's ongoing investigation, according to her attorney.

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. "Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State", the petition states, adding, "it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!"

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. The university said the probe is expected to be completed within two weeks.

The committee's investigative team will be led by former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, a senior chair with the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is serving as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes, who host Oregon State on September 1 in the season opener. He denied any wrongdoing and was never charged.

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OSU launched its probe after Courtney Smith, who divorced Zach Smith in 2016, reportedly provided evidence that she told Meyers wife at the time of Smiths alleged abuse in 2015.

Stacy Elliott spoke fervently in favor of Meyer.

Smith was sacked at the end of July when college football reporter Brett McMurphy brought the allegations to light. Meyer blamed his initial lies on inadequate preparation in the statement and said he reported the 2015 accusation to the proper channels.

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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