Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

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The agenda includes a statement of opening goal and prayer, Ohio State cheers, Urban's story, and an open microphone time for fans.

An online petition hopes it will draw enough attention to "save" Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer over what he knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant.

In the meantime, a "Save Urban Meyer" petition posted Thursday at Change.org has almost reached its goal of 25,000 signatures.

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When that announcement does arrive, TCU coaches, players and fans should know if Meyer will be on the sidelines when the Frogs take on the Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium on September 15.

With Meyer's coaching career in jeopardy, a Ohio State fan started a Change.org petition in hopes of persuading the university to reinstate the coach. Firestone wrote in the petition's description.

Meyer, 54, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after a report surfaced that contradicted his claim that he was unaware in 2015 that Zach Smith, the Buckeyes wide receivers coach at the time, had been acused by his now former wife, Courtney Smith, of domestic abuse.

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Meyer admitted in a statement that he was inaccurate in his remarks to reporters at Big Ten media day. However, Meyer released a statement saying he was aware of the 2015 incidents and reported them.

OSU launched its probe after Courtney Smith, who divorced Zach Smith in 2016, reportedly provided evidence that she told Meyer's wife at the time of Smith's alleged abuse in 2015.

Smith has never been criminally charged or convicted. Smith left Temple after a season to join Meyer's staff at Ohio State. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take".

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