Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Media get no access to coaches, players at Ohio State football practice

Courtney Smith's lawyer says client never contacted by Ohio State to discuss domestic assault allegations Ohio State Fans Hold Cringeworthy Rally For Urban Meyer
Cassandra Castillo | 10 August, 2018, 10:40

The wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator - who also is the son of the late Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce - was sacked July 23 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him.

Fans like "Tennessee Jeff" Hamms and Stacy Elliott, the father of former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott, pumped up fans with stories of Meyer's success at Ohio State, which includes a 2014 national title when Elliott was among the team's best players.

The university is investigating whether head football coach Urban Meyer and other employees followed proper protocol in reporting the incident, and the school said in a statement Sunday night that it expects to complete its investigation into the matter within two weeks.

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. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take", Davidson said in the statement.

The first half hour of the Buckeyes' fourth practice was open for observation and photography, with acting coach Ryan Day staying at the far end of the field working with quarterbacks.

Smith was sacked at the end of July when college football reporter Brett McMurphy brought the allegations to light.

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Meyer initially denied that he knew anything about the 2015 accusation before issuing a statement Friday that reversed course.

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

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.

Julia Leveridge released a statement Monday that read, in part, that "while The Ohio State University has never contracted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

The Buckeyes open their season September 1 at home against Oregon State.

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