Petition calls for Ohio State to 'save' Urban Meyer amid investigation

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket

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"I know Urban Meyer would never condone a woman being abused", Elliott said.

Roughly 200 Ohio State fans stood under the rotunda on the north side of Ohio Stadium on Monday evening rallying for Urban Meyer, their perceived biggest victim of this entire situation.

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation", Davidson said in a statement.

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Meyer was put on administrative leave last week after a report surfaced containing text messages that suggested Meyer was aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against former Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith.

The investigation's findings will be passed on to Ohio State president Michael V. Drake, who will make any decisions in consultation with the university's board of trustees, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Smith was sacked on July 23 after reports emerged of multiple domestic abuse allegations involving Smith and his ex-wife Courtney. She's a former federal prosecutor and a former chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange.

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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).

"When we're talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer", Finebaum said on "First Take" last week. Bill Bradshaw, who was the athletic director when Smith was hired, is La Salle's athletic director. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

Smith denied assaulting his wife and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself.

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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. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is the acting head coach. Still, Ohio State supporters are having none of the Meyer criticism.

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