OSU Fans rally at Ohio Stadium for Urban Meyer

When Steve Addazio hired Zach Smith at Temple he was aware of 2009 incident but 'did not know specifics'

When Steve Addazio hired Zach Smith at Temple he was aware of 2009 incident but 'did not know specifics'

"I support Urban Meyer & the Bucks".

An online petition hopes it will draw enough attention to "save" Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer over what he knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant.

Here is a full breakdown of how Ohio State plans to conduct the investigation into Meyer and his handling of the situation.

Zach Smith, the Ohio State receivers coach who was sacked last month after being charged with violating a protective order issued for his ex-wife, Courtney, was wide-receivers coach at Temple in 2011 under then-coach Steve Addazio. Decisions about any action resulting from it will be made by Ohio State President Michael Drake. Mary Jo White, the former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and head investigator on the team, has previously worked on National Football League cases, most recently the investigation into workplace misconduct by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

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OSU launched its probe after Courtney Smith, who divorced Zach Smith in 2016, reportedly provided evidence that she told Meyer's wife at the time of Smith's alleged abuse in 2015. Zach Smith was arrested, but charges were later dropped. Bill Bradshaw, who was the athletic director when Smith was hired, is La Salle's athletic director. This, despite the fact that the Ohio State coach denied knowing anything about it at Big Ten Media Days last week.

Finebaum also said that he expected Meyer to be fired upon reading the initial report.

Still, Meyer said, he has followed "proper reporting protocols and procedures" at Ohio State and did so in Smith's case. "Smith left the university following the 2011 season to take a position at Ohio State University". The Buckeyes began practice Friday with offensive coordinator Ryan Day serving as acting head coach, and no coaches or players have been made available to comment on the situation.

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