Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

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In a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, Julia Leveridge said Ohio State has "never contacted Ms. Smith" to discuss the domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, either in the immediate aftermath of an alleged 2015 incident or in the years since.

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.

The Urban Meyer controversy at Ohio State remains a blockbuster that could get some clarity by the end of the 14-day window the university has set to examine the football coach's decisionmaking and shifting stories about the 2015 domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith, the assistant coach Ohio State recently fired.

Ohio State opened part of practice to the media for the first time since coach Urban Meyer was put on paid leave, but other coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews. The statment says Smith will fully cooperate with the university's investigation.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", she told Stadium.

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Zach Smith, a grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, who was a mentor to Meyer, also asserted that he had never harmed her and that the head coach handled the allegations appropriately.

Zach Smith was sacked July 23 after Courtney Smith was granted a protective order, and Courtney Smith has alleged that he abused her on multiple occasions, including in 2015.

In several recent interviews, Zach Smith has denied abusing Courtney. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

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. He has been placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates the matter.