Ohio State fans rally for Urban Meyer as job decision ticks down

Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio said in a statement that he knew of a 2009 domestic abuse allegation involving former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith when he hired Smith at Temple in 2011 but did not know the specifics.

Any decisions resulting from the investigation will be made by Ohio State President Michael Drake in consultation with university trustees, the statement said. 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.

Last Wednesday morning, reporter Brett McMurphy released extensive text conversations and interviews with Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked by the university after his history of alleged domestic violence became public.

Meyer released a statement Friday saying that he followed proper procedures when he found out about the 2015 abuse allegations.

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Smith was sacked on July 23 after reports emerged of multiple domestic abuse allegations involving Smith and his ex-wife Courtney.

"When we're talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer", Finebaum said on "First Take" last week.

According to Hamms' post, the objective of the event is "to show our positive support for Ohio State Football players, coaches, Urban Meyer and their families". No charges were filed, though Smith was arrested at the time.

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

Smith was part of Meyer's staff at Florida from 2005-09 and at Ohio State from 2012-17.

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