A group of fervent Urban Meyer supporters rallied at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Monday to back the Ohio State football coach embroiled in scandal over domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith.
Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against Smith, who was sacked July 24 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him. Mary Jo White, a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will lead the investigative team.
An investigation into Meyer's knowledge will take no longer than two weeks.
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.
On Friday, Meyer acknowledged that he had "failed" to be "completely accurate" in comments he made at a Big Ten media days session the week before.
While ESPN, like nearly every other USA sports media outlet, has reported on the Meyer situation since the scandal broke open last week, it was Brett McMurphy, an independent reporter who was laid off by ESPN, who broke the news that suggested Meyer knew about the allegations against Smith. He also admitted to lying to reporters about it.
He said at the time that he was unaware of a 2015 incident involving Smith.
Hamms said the rally is to show support for who Meyer is as a person and coach. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, the coach at Florida at the time, said he and his wife Shelley had reached out to help the couple after the allegation.
Addazio hired Smith when he was the head coach of the Owls in 2011.