He insisted that he has "always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" by "elevating the issues to the proper channels" whenever he has "learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff".
The statement also claimed that Smith has "never been charged with an OVI or any other criminal offense" and that she made "concerted efforts to press charged of domestic abuse" against Zach Smith, a former wide receivers coach for the Buckeyes.
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.
Among the chanting, sign-waving crowd was Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended for six games last season while the National Football League investigated domestic violence accusations against him. An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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. Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week. In a statement on Friday, Meyer admitted to knowing about Smith's history with his ex-wife Courtney Smith, despite saying he knew nothing about an alleged 2015 incident when asked about it in July at Big Ten Media Days.
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The Buckeyes open the season September 1. The statment says Smith will fully cooperate with the university's investigation.
Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout.
The attorney emphasized that Courntey is, in fact, 'a victim of domestic violence, ' adding that blaming the victim [is] unacceptable'.
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.