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Courtney Smith's lawyer says client never contacted by Ohio State to discuss domestic assault allegations

It seems like we're getting news on the situation at Ohio State nearly daily, and we have more today.

Julia Leveridge, the attorney for Courtney Smith, said Tuesday in a statement that her client is "a victim of domestic violence" and emphasized that "blaming the victim" is "unacceptable".

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after the ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith said in an interview she had been in repeated contact in 2015 with Meyer's wife regarding alleged abuse by her then-husband.

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

Smith was sacked in July after his ex-wife obtained a protective order against him in court, and after veteran college sports reporter Brett McMurphy published reports to Facebook on the 2015 incidents, in addition to one from 2009 in which Smith was arrested for assaulting her while she was pregnant. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is now on paid administrative leave as the school investigates the way the 2015 accusation was handled within the football program.

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Ohio State fired assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23 when his past allegations of domestic assault were brought to light by reporter Brett McMurphy.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", she told Stadium. 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. Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

A sad rally with 200 people was held in Columbus on Monday to support Meyer.

"Decisions about actions, based on the findings of the investigation, will be made by the president of the university (Michael V. Drake) in consultation with the board of trustees", according to the school's statement.

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