OSU says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed within 14 days

Heather Diaz
August 7, 2018

"You don't get fired for lying to the media". The group is expected to complete their investigation within 14 days.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday and admitted Friday that he knew of the allegations against Smith as recently as 2015, but that he had also referred what he knew to "the proper channels".

Addazio was on staff at Florida in 2009 when Smith, then a graduate assistant, was accused of shoving his pregnant ex-wife Courtney against a wall.

Smith, Ohio State's former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, was sacked in July after reports surfaced that an order of protection had been filed against him by his ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Meyer's knowledge of the incidents came into question after college football insider Brett McMurphy reported that Smith had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of the injuries and text messages that she shared with McMurphy. "Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State", the petition states, adding, "it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!" This, despite the fact that the Ohio State coach denied knowing anything about it at Big Ten Media Days last week.

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Hamms said the rally is to show support for who Meyer is as a person and coach.

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

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

As of early Monday, the petition had garnered almost 20,000 signatures and its goal was to get to 25,000 signatures. Smith left Temple after a season to join Meyer's staff at Ohio State. Ohio State opens a season in which it holds championship aspirations on September 1 at home against Oregon State.

"This guy's huge, man", Hamms told the Myrtle Beach Sun News.

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