Group rallies in support of OSU football, Urban Meyer

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket

Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night.

The investigation's findings will be passed on to Ohio State president Michael V. Drake, who will make any decisions in consultation with the university's board of trustees, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Davidson has been appointed the chair, while Mary Jo White, former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will lead the investigative team.

In an interview with WatchStadium.com, Courtney Smith talked about what she believed the Ohio State head coach knew regarding the situation.

Smith, who has not been criminally charged or convicted, denied assaulting his wife and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself.

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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.

Meyer was placed on leave Wednesday after reports from Brett McMurphy contradicted Meyer's remarks at media day.

Meyer released a statement Friday saying that he followed proper procedures when he found out about the 2015 abuse allegations.

Meyer fans showed up in force on Monday with signs - many of them misguided - backing their embattled 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.

Ohio State's season begins September 1 at home against Oregon State.

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