Petition calls for Ohio State to 'save' Urban Meyer amid investigation

In this September, 2016 photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sideline.

Judging by several signs carried by fans, the result of the rally was embarrassing. Jeff Hamms, who goes by Tennessee Jeff, organized the event, and led attendees in cheers and songs. BRING BACK COACH URBAN", another that said "ME TOO!

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave last week after Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, said Meyer knew of two alleged domestic assaults in 2015.

Smith was sacked in July after his ex-wife obtained a protective order against him in court, and after veteran college sports reporter Brett McMurphy published reports to Facebook on the 2015 incidents, in addition to one from 2009 in which Smith was arrested for assaulting her while she was pregnant. He also admitted lying to reporters about it.

Smith was sacked on July 23 after reports emerged of multiple domestic abuse allegations involving Smith and his ex-wife Courtney. This, despite the fact that the Ohio State coach denied knowing anything about it at Big Ten Media Days last week. "There is no place in our program at Boston College for any member of our staff involved in domestic violence".

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Meyer added that there were "more questions to be answered" and he pledged to "cooperate fully" with investigators hired by OSU.

According to a statement released Sunday by Ohio State, former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the six-person working group investigating the situation.

In the meantime, a "Save Urban Meyer" petition posted Thursday at Change.org has almost reached its goal of 25,000 signatures.

Fans hope to "save" Urban Meyer from getting fired. The petition was started by Buckeyes fan Blake Firestone.

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