Urban Meyer Rally is Fiercely Anti

Ross Houston
August 7, 2018

On Wednesday, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates reports that he knew about the 2015 domestic-abuse allegations of Smith. I SUPPORT: "URBAN MEYER & THE BUCKS O-H-I-O" and one that stated, "INNOCENT 'TIL PROVEN GUILTY ESPN GUILTY OF ABUSE!" with "PROVEN" underlined.

Mary Jo White of the national firm Debevoise & Plimpton is leading the investigation, the university said.


Here is a full breakdown of how Ohio State plans to conduct the investigation into Meyer and his handling of the situation. He requested that fans "bring signs and make them tasteful, to reflect the first-class organization of The Ohio State University and our football program".

Colleges that hired Smith after his arrest in 2009 on suspicion of aggravated battery against his pregnant wife have been asked whether they knew about that alleged incident. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take". He also admitted lying to reporters about his knowledge of it.


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. He said, "Nothing came up about him".

Meyer released a statement Friday saying that he followed proper procedures when he found out about the 2015 abuse allegations. Smith said he discussed the 2015 allegations with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith. Still, Ohio State supporters are having none of the Meyer criticism. 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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