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Zach Smith's Mother Disputes Claim From Brett McMurphy's Bombshell Report

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Last week, Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell report alleging Urban Meyer knew of the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. McMurphy's report was based heavily on conversations he had with Courtney Smith - the ex-wife of Zach Smith.

Courtney Smith reportedly went on record to say two of Meyer's closest friends drove to Gainesville in 2009 to ask that she drop charges against Zach Smith stemming from his 2009 arrest. She alleged that Earle Bruce, and Zach's mother, drove from Ohio to ask Courtney to drop the charges.

Here's more from McMurphy's report:

A few days after Zach’s 2009 arrest, Courtney said two of Meyer’s closest friends – Hiram de Fries and Earle Bruce – asked her to drop the charges. Bruce is Zach Smith’s grandfather, de Fries is Meyer’s “life coach.”

Bruce and Zach’s mother drove from Ohio to Gainesville to ask Courtney to drop the charges, Courtney said. Courtney said she also received a call from de Fries to set up a meeting at Panera Bread on SW Archer Road in Gainesville.

On Thursday afternoon, Zach Smith's mother Lynn Bruce spoke with Jeff Snook to address the relationship between Zach and Courtney. Lynn Bruce also rebuked the idea that Earle Bruce asked Courtney to drop the charges against Zach.

Here's what she had to say about the alleged conversation between Earle and Courtney:

 "Courtney called me at 3 a.m. about that fight and I told Dad I was driving down to Florida to deal with this. He wanted to go with me," Bruce recalled. "When we arrived, I talked to Courtney alone and Dad went to speak to Urban and Zack. Dad never even saw her on that trip. Then when I heard her use Dad’s name in that TV interview, claiming he told her not to press charges, I wanted to jump through my TV set. Not only would he would never, ever tell her something like that, he never talked to her at all. That is just another thing she has lied about."

Ohio State's investigative committee has a tough task on its hands. Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave during the course of the investigation.

Vegas books currently believe Meyer will return following a short suspension. Ohio State's team is being led by interim coach Ryan Day in the wake of Meyer's absence. The Buckeyes are set to open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.