Ohio State Football Fans Plan Rally In Support Of Urban Meyer

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

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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. In 2009, he was an assistant to head coach Urban Meyer at the University of Florida.

Here is a full breakdown of how Ohio State plans to conduct the investigation into Meyer and his handling of the situation. Decisions about any action resulting from it will be made by Ohio State President Michael Drake.

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.

An investigation into Meyer's knowledge will take no longer than two weeks.

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The investigation itself is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. No charges were filed, though Smith was arrested at the time.

ESPN notably let four hours pass before it reported the initial Meyer story.

Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith told Stadium that Meyer's wife knew about the incident in 2015. Bill Bradshaw, who was the athletic director when Smith was hired, is La Salle's athletic director. Meyer told reporters he had known of the 2009 episode, which occurred when Smith was on his staff at the University of Florida, saying, "It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened".

Meyer issued a statement Friday on Twitter admitting that he lied when he denied knowing about accusations of domestic abuse against Smith, who had been fired by Meyer the day before the Ohio State coach's claims at Big Ten Media Days.

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