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August 10, 2018

An attorney for the ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith says the school never contacted his client in regards to domestic assault allegations that were made against the ex-Buckeyes assistant.

The scandalous storm around Urban Meyer continues to gather, but supportive Buckeye fans gathered on Monday night in an attempt to help the suspended Ohio State coach weather it.

In those remarks, he claimed there was "nothing" to a report that police had twice been called to the home of former assistant Zach Smith in 2015 to respond to allegations by his then-wife, Courtney, of domestic abuse and menace by stalking.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is serving as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes, who host Oregon State on September 1 in the season opener.

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.

The committee's investigative team will be led by former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, a senior chair with the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY. The university said the probe is expected to be completed within two weeks. He denied any wrongdoing and was never charged.

One of the rally's attendees was Stacy Elliot, the father of former OSU player and current Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott. "It's wrong that he's not on the field with his boys right now".

'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 the statement.

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

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

The Buckeyes open the season September 1 against Oregon State.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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