After Abuse Allegations, Urban Meyer Gave Assistant High Marks for ‘Core Values’

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Courtney Smith said she went to the police station in Powell, Ohio, on October 26, 2015, to file a domestic assault report.

Texas coach Tom Herman was the Ohio State assistant with Zach Smith during a visit to a Miami-area strip club in 2014. Nowhere in the investigative committee's summary of findings of that investigation is it mentioned that the university sent an attorney to Courtney Smith's house.

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"It hasn't changed our preparation", Smith said this week. She said she does not remember saying that.

Courtney Smith said she did tell police that she dropped charges against Zach Smith in 2009 when the couple lived together in Florida while he was working as a graduate assistant for the Florida Gators under Urban Meyer. "I would have never said that". Six days before the investigation concluded, Courtney Smith met with the investigative team and, "accompanied by her lawyers... welcomed the opportunity to speak to investigators".

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The police documents, which were not released publicly because Smith was never charged, were obtained by The Columbus Dispatch through an anonymous email. However, she says the police had some of the information mixed up from the 2015 incident and a previous incident she had reported in 2009.

Smith started by linking to a Facebook post from his mother in which she criticizes head coach Urban Meyer for failing to support her son before turning his ire to the media for the "damage" done to his children, tagging McMurphy and ESPN reporter Paul Finebaum. The Beavers will be the first opponent to face the Buckeyes during Meyer's three-game suspension; co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day also is making his debut as Ohio State's acting head coach.

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