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

Ohio State is trying to get back to business as usual while coach Urban Meyer is on paid leave, opening part of Tuesday's practice to the media even as coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews.

Smith is the wife of former Ohio State and Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith, who is accused of multiple incidents of domestic abuse. 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".

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation". An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Courtney Smith's attorney said in a statement that Smith will cooperate with the university's investigation. Zach Smith denied committing domestic abuse in a radio interview last week.

Numerous fans in attendance took aim at Brett McMurphy, the independent journalist who first reported that Meyer likely knew about the allegations against Zach Smith in October 2015.

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Meyer has gone 73-8 in six seasons at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2014 and two Big Ten titles after winning a pair of national titles at Florida. Courtney Smith told Stadium that she believed Meyer knew of the 2015 allegations and that she told Meyer's wife Shelley and the wives of other Ohio State staffers about the accusation.

Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout.

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

Leveridge's statement was also apparently a response to accusations against her client, attacking Courtney Smith's credibility.

Zach Smith, a grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, who was a mentor to Meyer, also asserted that he had never harmed her and that the head coach handled the allegations appropriately.

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