Ezekiel Elliot's father joins rally supporting embattled OSU coach Urban Meyer

Ezekiel Elliot's father joins rally supporting embattled OSU coach Urban Meyer

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - A small but very vocal crowd showed up outside of Ohio Stadium on Monday evening to rally in support of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave by the university on Aug. 1 as an investigation began after domestic violence allegations surfaced against former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith.

The rally was organized by Canton native Jeff Hamms, and lasted only about 10 minutes as the Meyer supporters brought signs in support of the coach, chanted his name and made it clear they believe the embattled coach should be reinstated as the head coach.

Meyer released a statement on Friday saying he had followed the proper protocol, and had reported the alleged violations to school officials after the allegations surfaced against Smith.

An investigative group, put together by the university, which includes three people without ties to the University and three university trustees is investigating the series of events, and plan to wrap up the investigation around Aug. 19.

Stacy Elliott, the father of former Buckeye and current Dallas Cowboy All-pro Ezekiel Elliott, attended the rally in support of Meyer and spoke out against domestic violence.

Ezekiel Elliott was suspended by the NFL for six games at the start of the 2017 season after the league said they had found evidence that pointed to Elliott using physical violence against a former girlfriend.

Elliott denied the claims and was never charged, but the suspension stood.

The Buckeyes, without Meyer, have opened up camp as they prepare for the season opener on September 1st against Oregon State in Columbus.

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