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OSU places 14-day time frame on Meyer investigation

OSU places 14-day time frame on Meyer investigation

The lawyer for Courtney Smith said in a statement Tuesday that Courtney was not contacted by Ohio State University regarding the domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith in 2015.

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. "We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else".

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

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.

In a note appended to the petition, the fan who posted it referred to comments Zach Smith made Friday to media outlets, in which he claimed to have spoken with OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith in 2015 about the allegations made by Courtney Smith, for which the former assistant was not charged.

Meyer later said in a statement that he was not "adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media" and admitted to having knowledge of the 2015 incident.

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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.

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.

McMurphy also reports that "personal matters" were listed under the "work on" section of a 2017 performance review. Numerous attendees at the rally had signs blaming ESPN, a media company that has had little role in the original reporting of the saga.

Courtney Smith released a statement of cooperation through her attorney today if Ohio State makes contact.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.