Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Urban Meyer Supporters Rally Outside Ohio Stadium

Urban Meyer Supporters Rally Outside Ohio Stadium

Ohio State opened part of practice to the media for the first time since coach Urban Meyer was put on paid leave, but other coaches and players remained off-limits for interviews.

In the wake of an Ohio State investigation into Urban Meyers possible knowledge of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant, during which the decorated coach has been placed on paid administrative leave, a number of Buckeyes fans are showing support for the coach.

Among the chanting, sign-waving crowd was Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended for six games last season while the National Football League investigated domestic violence accusations against him.

Numerous fans in attendance took aim at Brett McMurphy, the independent journalist who first reported that Meyer likely knew about the allegations against Zach Smith in October 2015. The university said the probe is expected to be completed within two weeks.

Ohio State has appointed a six-member team to coordinate the investigation and an outside law firm has been hired to conduct it. He was never charged.

"He handled the situation to way his job required him to", Elliott said. "While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university's current investigation".

Smith was sacked at the end of July when college football reporter Brett McMurphy brought the allegations to light. In a statement on Friday, Meyer admitted to knowing about Smith's history with his ex-wife Courtney Smith, despite saying he knew nothing about an alleged 2015 incident when asked about it in July at Big Ten Media Days.

McMurphy also reports that "personal matters" were listed under the "work on" section of a 2017 performance review.

Zach Smith told Columbus radio station 105.7 The Zone that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith questioned him during the 2015 football season about the allegations made by Courtney Smith that fall.

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