Ohio State hasn't contacted Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, about her reports of domestic violence to police and the media, but her lawyer, Julia Leveridge, said Monday she'll "fully cooperate" with the school's investigation into head coach Urban Meyer in a statement to college football insider Brett McMurphy.
Courtney has said Meyer knew of domestic violence incidents involving her former husband in 2015. Ohio State subsequently placed Meyer on paid administrative leave last week. The Buckeyes said Sunday they expect the investigation into the head coach to be completed "within 14 days."
"Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University's investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing abuse allegations against Zach Smith," Leveridge said in her statement. "We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation."
Leveridge added that her client has "received absolutely no compensation" for granting interviews to reporters, while highlighting the "unacceptable" dangers of "blaming the victim" in domestic violence cases.
Leveridge also stated Courtney has made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse" against Zach.
The statement was released the same day a rally was held at Ohio State in support of Meyer.