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Ohio State football: What we know as investigation into coach Urban Meyer w

Aug 20, 2018

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Ohio State officials have said an independent investigation into football coach Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach would be wrapped up Sunday.

Here is what we know as Urban Meyer, on administrative league since Aug. 1, awaits a decision by school president Michael Drake

OSU Board of Trustees receive the report first

No timetable has been released by the university, but the trustees are expected to receive the report early in the week and then they must provide 24 hours public notice of a meeting.  After deliberation with the board, Drake will make his announcement. Meyer could be suspended, fired or be reinstated. He is under contract through 2022, and is scheduled to make $7.6 million this season. Based on available information, it seems as if Wednesday would be earliest we could expect an announcement.

The heart of the investigation

This case is about how much Meyer knew, and when he knew about, the 2015 allegations of domestic abuse against former assistant Zach Smith who was fired last month. Meyer hasn’t spoken publicly since being placed on administrative leave, but he issued a statement saying he had followed proper protocol by reporting the allegations against Smith. He did not say to whom he reported the Smith information.

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Another issue for Meyer

During the Big Ten Media day, Meyer, 54, said he knew about allegations against Smith when he worked for Meyer in Florida in 2009, but not the allegations in 2015 when he was at Ohio State. In his statement, he said he did know about the 2015 allegations against Smith and apologized for his misleading comments on media day.

Reason to move quickly

The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the season in 13 days at home against Oregon State (Noon, ABC). Ohio State ranked No. 3 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day is the interim coach. He had turned down the Mississippi State head coaching job to stay with the Buckeyes.

Smith’s behavior receiving more scrutiny

The website Stadium reported Friday that Smith sent a lewd photo from his phone during Ohio State’s official visit to the White House April 20, 2015. He spoke to independent investigators before this allegation was revealed. His ex-wife Courtney Smith also spoke to investigators.