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A 'Save Urban Meyer' Petition Now Has More Than 30,000 Signatures

A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer remains on administrative leave from the Ohio State football program. The university is continuing its investigation into how he handled former assistant Zach Smith's alleged incidents of domestic violence.

Last night, a group of Ohio State fans gathered for a rally outside Ohio Stadium in support of Meyer. It wasn't a huge contingent, but it was a fervent one.

An online petition designed to save Meyer's job has garnered much more support in terms of numbers. In less than a week, it has picked up more than 30,000 signatures.

The petition, created by Ohio State fan Blake Firestone, has nearly 33,000 supporters as of noon today. Currently, the goal is 35,000 signatures.

Firestone's description for the petition reads:

Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!

On Sunday night, Ohio State announced its investigation of Meyer should conclude in the next two weeks. It is being led by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.

Meyer has been at Ohio State since 2012. He's compiled an overall record of 73-8 in his six seasons, including a 47-3 mark in conference play.

Under Meyer, the Buckeyes have reached the College Football Playoff twice, winning the national title in 2014.