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Scarlet Sunrise: Rally for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer misses the mark

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Ohio State fans supporting Urban Meyer didn't do him any favors. (@JGrega11/Twitter)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Rally for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer misses the mark

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Fans rally at Ohio Stadium

Around 200 Ohio State fans gathered at Ohio Stadium on Monday evening in support of Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes head coach is currently on paid leave while the school investigates his actions (or inaction) regarding former wide receivers coach Zach Smith and accusations of domestic violence.

Predictably, the rally appears to have done more harm than good. A protester used a sign to make light of the “Me Too” movement that is designed to bring awareness to sexual assault, and there were a number of others that weren’t in good taste. Simply put, that’s not the type of person Urban Meyer wants the nation to see representing him. In no way does that type of showing help him. The good news is that most Ohio State fans who support Meyer are reasonable people and certainly aren’t tasteless or crass. The bad news is that they’ll probably have to pay for the behavior of the others.

Ohio State players check in to hotel

In an annual tradition that borders on the absurd, Ohio State players checked into their hotel for fall practice with dozens of media members on hand to document it. Lettermen Row was present and put together a gallery of players arriving, highlighted by Liam McCullough’s shirt of a shirt of a shirt of a shirt.

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Nick Bosa listed as No. 6 CFB player

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa didn’t quite crack the top 5 of ESPN’s 50 best college football players, coming in at No. 6 behind Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Stanford running back Bryce Love, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (lol) and Clemson defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

“The younger Bosa’s first two seasons have been a step ahead of the trajectory his All-American brother, Joey, took before getting drafted in the first round after three years at Ohio State,” ESPN wrote. “That bodes well as Bosa heads into a junior year where he’ll be the top pass-rusher on a reloaded defensive line. Bosa’s balance, technique, speed and tendency to never give up on a play make him nearly impossible to stop.”

Two other Buckeyes made the list: J.K. Dobbins at No. 23 and Dwayne Haskins at No. 32.

View Urban Meyer, Zach Smith timeline

Given the craziness of the past few weeks, it’s been hard at times to follow everything that’s happened in the ongoing saga involving Zach Smith and Meyer. To make it easier, we put together a timeline of key events beginning in 2002 when Smith played for Meyer at Bowling Green all the way to Monday’s rally at Ohio Stadium.

It will continue to be updated as needed.

Happy anniversary, Mike Weber

Counting down

  • Tentative endpoint of Urban Meyer investigation: 12 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 25 days
  • The Game: 109 days

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Collin Cap

Why is it discussed as common knowledge that Nick is ahead of Joey?

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I’ve seen nothing in his play or stats that says he’s ahead of his older brother. He hasn’t passed the look test in my eyes. If his stats approach or surpass his brother, then I’ll start listening to the rhetoric, but for now that’s all it is.

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Damon Henry

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a group of guys showing support for the football coach of there favorite university

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Sir Miles

I agree, it is their right to do so, no matter how I feel about it, or others feel about its look. I certainly support their right to do so. I actually applaud their effort, I wouldn’t get off the couch to do so, that’s why I respect their moxie.

Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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