Ohio State fan starts 'Save Urban Meyer' petition with almost 25,000 signatures

Ohio State fan starts 'Save Urban Meyer' petition with almost 25,000 signatures

Ohio State fan starts 'Save Urban Meyer' petition with almost 25,000 signatures

When that announcement does arrive, TCU coaches, players and fans should know if Meyer will be on the sidelines when the Frogs take on the Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium on September 15.

In the wake of an Ohio State investigation into Urban Meyer's possible knowledge of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant, during which the decorated coach has been placed on paid administrative leave, a number of Buckeyes fans are showing support for the coach.

Smith, Ohio State's former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, was sacked in July after reports surfaced that an order of protection had been filed against him by his ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn't know anything about abuse allegations made by Courtney Smith in October 2015.

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation", Davidson, 90, said in a statement.

Meyer on Friday issued a statement saying he followed protocol at the time of the incident, but that he "failed" when answering questions about it at media days.


What Meyer knew and when he knew it became a question after college football writer Brett McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of injuries through text messages that she shared with McMurphy. 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.

It doesn't look like a resolution is coming within the next few days.

Addazio was on staff at Florida in 2009 when Smith, then a graduate assistant, was accused of shoving his pregnant ex-wife Courtney against a wall.

Police reports obtained by Cleveland.com revealed that the Powell Police Department was called to Courtney Smith's home on October 25, 2015.

The petition was designated to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.

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