Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Ohio State Urban Meyer update

Ohio State Urban Meyer update

The school announced Friday that the investigation will wrap up on Sunday as planned, and a report will be delivered to the six-person group appointed by trustees to coordinate the probe.

Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave August 1 after Courtney Smith accused him of mishandling past domestic assault allegations she made against Zach Smith. Meyer was asked about the situation at Big Ten Media Days and denied knowing anything of the assault allegations. A couple of days later, McMurphy produced text messages from Courtney Smith that showed Meyer's wife knew about the allegations in 2015. In its statement Friday, the university said public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance and that following deliberations with the board, Drake will announce his decision.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has served as head coach while Meyer is on leave.

Meyer was close with Zach Smith, a grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, who gave Meyer his first job in college coaching. A decision on Meyer's future at Ohio State by university President Michael Drake is expected shortly thereafter.

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Smith was sacked from Ohio State in July after his wife was granted a domestic protection. He pleaded not guilty.

Smith was sacked in July after reports surfaced, by independent journalist Brett McMurphy, that Smith's wife, Courtney, had alleged domestic violence against Zach Smith from 2009 through 2015. The Columbus Dispatch reported police responded to the couple's home for the 2015 incident, but no charges were filed.

Dan noted that Urban Meyer has been adept at "avoiding landmines" for three decades and perhaps there'd be a suspension here.

His attorney, Brad Koffel, told ESPN that his client plans to defend himself against allegations made by his ex-wife in court. Zach Smith played football at Bowling Green under Meyer and also coached on Meyer's staff at Florida.

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