Ohio State Board of Trustees Forms Independent Working Group To Lead Urban Meyer Investigation

By Dan Hope on August 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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Ohio State announced Thursday night in a statement that the Board of Trustees has formed a "special, independent board working group" to lead its investigation of football coach Urban Meyer.

According to the statement, the working group consists of current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate and also includes former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.

"The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter," according to the statement.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as the university announced an investigation into the coach, hours after a report by Brett McMurphy suggested that Meyer was aware of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, which he previously denied knowledge of at last week's Big Ten Media Days.

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