Ohio State Football Fans Plan Rally In Support Of Urban Meyer

Grant SmithAug 07, 2018

"Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State", the petition states, adding, "it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!"

In the midst of Ohio State's investigation into whether or not head coach Urban Meyer was aware of alleged domestic violence by former assistant Zach Smith, fans of the Buckeyes have gathered to host a rally for Meyer, who is now on paid administrative leave.

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation", Davidson, 90, said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take".

Last week, OSU placed Meyer on administrative leave and ordered an independent board into domestic violence allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

The investigation itself is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White.

In 2009, when he was a University of Florida assistant, Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim (Courtney), according to a Gainesville Police Department report (she later dropped the charges). Smith said he discussed the 2015 allegations with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith.

Two weeks ago, Meyer told reporters that he had no previous knowledge of the 2015 incident involving Smith and his wife at the time, Courtney Smith. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

Addazio hired Smith when he was the head coach of the Owls in 2011.

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.

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