OSU says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed within 14 days

  • OSU says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed within 14 days

OSU says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed within 14 days

On Sunday night, the university announced that it expects to conclude its investigation of Meyer for how he handled the dismissal of former assistant coach Zach Smith within the next 14 days.

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. Jeff Hamms, who goes by Tennessee Jeff, organized the event, and led attendees in cheers and songs.

Meyer released a statement Friday saying that he followed proper procedures when he found out about the 2015 abuse allegations. He also admitted lying to reporters about it. BRING BACK COACH URBAN", another that said "ME TOO!

Meyer's knowledge of the incidents came into question after college football insider Brett McMurphy reported that Smith had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of the injuries and text messages that she shared with McMurphy.

On Friday, Meyer acknowledged that he had "failed" to be "completely accurate" in comments he made at a Big Ten media days session the week before.

Smith has never been charged.

As of early Monday, the petition had garnered almost 20,000 signatures and its goal was to get to 25,000 signatures.

In an interview with WatchStadium.com, Courtney Smith talked about what she believed the Ohio State head coach knew regarding the situation.

A clause in Meyer's new contract, which raised his salary to $7.6 million this year and runs through 2022, also requires him to "report to Ohio State's Title IX athletics any known violations" of the sexual misconduct policy involving students, faculty or staff at the risk of being fired with cause. They wanted to protect their program.