OSU President: Urban Meyer Probe "Will Be Finished When It's Finished"

Posted August 20, 2018

Ohio State's investigation into how Urban Meyer handled allegations of domestic violence against a former longtime assistant football coach will finish Sunday, the school announced Friday, and investigators will deliver a report detailing their findings to university leaders next week.

Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week.

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Smith was sacked by Ohio State last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public.

"The investigation is expected to be completed within 14 days", the school said in a statement. "We wanted to make sure we had really good information, and there is time pressure".

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According to Ohio State president Michael Drake, Sunday is no longer a hard deadline to wrap up the investigation and that it "will be finished when it's finished". Meyer was asked about the situation at Big Ten Media Days and denied knowing anything of the assault allegations. Finebaum said that Meyer isn't going to win any "good person awards" and that in this case he believes the coach let "blind loyalty" to Zach Smith's grandfather supersede character flaws.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave August 1, shortly after a second report from McMurphy surfaced alleging that Meyer was aware of multiple alleged domestic violence incidents involving Smith. The investigation is being led by former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

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"[Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement following his placement on leave.

"What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, etc.", Drake said.

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The decision will likely come down to either Meyer being fired or Meyer being suspended for X number of games to start the 2018 season, but staying on as the head coach.