More than 23,000 people have signed a digital petition as of today to keep Urban Meyer.
The organizer of the rally, Jeff Hamms, is better known to many OSU fans as “Tennessee Jeff” from his appearances on Columbus, Ohio, sports-talk radio. An Ohio native, he flew in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to lead a demonstration in support of Meyer at Ohio Stadium.
The petition posted Thursday at Change.org has nearly reached its goal of 25,000 signatures.
In a note appended to the petition, the fan who posted it referred to comments Zach Smith made Friday to media outlets, in which he claimed to have spoken with OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith in 2015 about the allegations made by Courtney Smith, for which the former assistant was not charged.
Zach Smith, a grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, who was a mentor to Meyer, also asserted that he had never harmed her and that the head coach handled the allegations appropriately.