COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Dozens of people held a rally outside Ohio Stadium’s north rotunda Monday in support of Coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave last week while the university investigates his handling of accusations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
Supporters held signs saying ‘Free Urban’ and ‘We Stand With Urban Meyer.’ Other signs criticized ESPN and sports journalists Paul Finebaum and Brett McMurphy.
Organizers say the rally is a way to show support for the players, coaches and their families while Urban Meyer remains on administrative leave.
“We’re not here to debate,” said OSU fan Jeff Hamms, who helped organize the event. “We’re not here to cast judgment upon the victim or our ex-wide receiver coach. This is simply to support for Coach Urban Meyer tonight.”
Also in attendance was Stacy Elliott, the father of former Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott.
The elder Elliott said he flew to Columbus, specifically for the rally.
“Urban Meyer is the best, one of the best things that could ever happen for this university and definitely for our family,” he said. “I believe he [Meyer] will be reinstated because if he’s not, that’s a big mistake they’re making.”
As of 8pm Monday, nearly 30,000 people have signed a petition asking the University to save Urban Meyer.