Ohio State Announces Investigation into Urban Meyer Will Conclude Sunday

By Kevin Harrish on August 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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Ohio State announces the investigation into head coach Urban Meyer will be completed on Sunday, meeting the 14-day timeframe originally set.

A final announcement can be expected from Ohio State University President Michael Drake next week, "following deliberations with the Board [of Trustees] and appropriate time for consideration."

A public notice of the Board of Trustees will be released at least 24 hours in advance.

From an Ohio State release:

The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered 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. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.

Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had formed a special, independent working group to direct this investigation. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Additional details will be shared next week.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 while Ohio State investigated his knowledge of domestic abuse allegations surrounding former wide receivers coach Zach Smith and his subsequent action.

Two days after being placed on leave, Meyer issued a statement saying he did know about the domestic abuse allegations and that he followed proper protocols, and apologized for the way he handled questions at Big Ten Media Days.

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