Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Coaches, players still off-limits at Ohio State

Coaches, players still off-limits at Ohio State

Courtney Smith's attorney says Ohio State has not contacted her client over her allegations that her ex-husband, former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith, physically abused her.

Ohio State University put a 14-day timetable on its investigation into head football coach Urban Meyer's handling of an assistant coach's alleged domestic abuse, the school announced Sunday night.

Zach Smith said in two interviews last week that he never committed domestic violence and any bruises that were on his ex-wife were made in self-defense. The university said the probe is expected to be completed within two weeks. A clause in Meyer's new contract, which raised his salary to $7.6 million this year and runs through 2022, requires him to "report to Ohio State's Title IX athletics any known violations" of the sexual misconduct policy involving students, faculty or staff at the risk of being fired with cause.

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. He was never charged.

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According to Courtney Smith, Meyer's wife, Shelley, was aware of the ongoing abuse and told him of the incident.

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Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn't know anything about abuse allegations made by Zach Smith's ex-wife Courtney in October 2015.

Meyer later said in a statement that he was not "adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media" and admitted to having knowledge of the 2015 incident.

McMurphy also reports that "personal matters" were listed under the "work on" section of a 2017 performance review.

The Buckeyes open the season September 1.

Courtney Smith's attorney said in a statement that Smith will cooperate with the university's investigation.

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