Ohio State fan starts 'Save Urban Meyer' petition with almost 25,000 signatures

Ohio State's independent investigation into what head coach Urban Meyer knew and did not know about longtime assistant Zach Smith's alleged domestic abuse has received an expiration date. He said at the time that he was unaware of a 2015 incident involving Smith.

The investigation is being led by Ohio State trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate as well as former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take".

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

Ohio State announced in an email late Sunday evening that the newly appointed independent working group, which was formed by the university's board of trustees, met late last week, appointed a charge and engaged an investigative firm.

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Meyer admitted in a statement that he was inaccurate in his remarks to reporters at Big Ten media day.

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.

Buckeye fan Blake Firestone created the petition Thursday for the Ohio State coach and wants it to show OSU athletic director Gene Smith that fans want the Buckeyes football coach to keep his position.

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