Ohio State Fans Hold Cringeworthy Rally For Urban Meyer

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Courtney Smith release a rather lengthy statement through her Attorney Julia Leveridge today.

The 2015 allegation happened while Zach Smith was at Ohio State and he told multiple media outlets last week that he was on the road recruiting and was told by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith to come back to Columbus after the accusation was made to police.

Amid Ohio State University's investigation into exactly what head football coach Urban Meyer knew and how he handled domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, Buckeyes fans have taken to Ohio Stadium to show support for their coach. The statment says Smith will fully cooperate with the university's investigation.

The statement also specified that Courtney Smith has never been paid for interviews over the alleged assaults and that she is "cautiously optimistic" the school will find the truth if "proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing abuse allegations against Zach Smith".

Smith was sacked in July after his ex-wife obtained a protective order against him in court, and after veteran college sports reporter Brett McMurphy published reports to Facebook on the 2015 incidents, in addition to one from 2009 in which Smith was arrested for assaulting her while she was pregnant.

According to the new report, Smith, who was sacked earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.

In several recent interviews, Zach Smith has denied abusing Courtney.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy, who first obtained Leveridge's statement Monday night, reported last week that Meyer was aware of the 2015 incident involving his wide receivers coach, even though he said at Big Ten media days last month that he was "never told about anything" about it.

Meyer admitted Friday that he knew of both alleged incidents at the time and "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures", acknowledging that his recent statements were inaccurate.

Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave.

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