Ohio State Investigators Meet with Courtney Smith

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COLUMBUS — Courtney Smith met with Ohio State's team investigating how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic abuse allegations against her former husband.

Disclosure of that meeting came from Smith's lawyer Monday afternoon.

Today, Courtney Smith met with the independent investigative team hired by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees. She was accompanied by her lawyers and welcomed the opportunity to speak to the investigators. Courtney continues to be thankful for the support she has received during this time.

Meyer has been on paid leave since August 1, the day Courtney Smith told reporter Brett McMurphy and Stadium.com she had told Meyer's wife, Shelley, about abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, Zach, who was the receivers coach at Ohio State from 2012 through last month.

Courtney Smith said at the time she was not sure Shelley Meyer had told her husband about their exchange, but she believed he knew.

He initially denied there was anything to the 2015 incident but later said he had followed all required protocols at the time.

Zach Smith, who was fired July 23 after his ex-wife was granted a domestic violence protection order against him, has claimed he is guilty of being a bad husband but not of physical abuse.

He is reportedly set to speak with the investigative team Monday or Tuesday.

Ohio State has said it plans to wrap up its investigation by August 19.

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August 14, 2018


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