Urban Meyer investigation to end Sunday

Heather Diaz
August 19, 2018

Ohio State University president Michael Drake said that the ongoing invesigation surrounding head coach Urban Meyer will be completed on Sunday, as planned, in a statement released Friday.

A new report from Brett McMurphy brings to light further behavior that calls into question the character of Zach Smith, the former Ohio State wide receivers coach who was sacked last month. A report will then be prepared by the independent working group conducting the investigation prior to its findings being shared with the Board of Trustees during an executive session next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. The board will deliberate, then Drake will announce a decision. He admitted on August 3 that he had lied to reporters at Big Ten media days when he said he had no knowledge of a 2015 accusation against Smith, which became public the day before.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has been working as the acting head coach of the Buckeyes in Meyer's absence.

Zach Smith was sacked by Ohio State in July after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass during a dispute with Courtney Smith.

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.

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the 2015 allegations, according to Zach Smith.

In a statement August 3, Meyer admitted making a mistake in his answers at media days.

"I'm pleased to, in consultation with the board, bring in a really outstanding team", Drake said. The charge was just the latest in a number of domestic incidents involving the couple.

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.

When McMurphy revealed this information to Smith's lawyer, Brad Koffel, and asked for answers to his questions, he was allegedly threatened by Koffel, who told McMurphy to get a lawyer and to "tread very lightly" while denying the picture taken at the White House was Smith. He won the 2014 national championship, his third, to go with titles he won in 2006 and 2008 at Florida.

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