Ohio State Board of Trustees To Meet Wednesday To Discuss Findings Of Urban Meyer Investigation

By Dan Hope on August 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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Wednesday could be the day that we find out whether Urban Meyer will continue to be Ohio State's head football coach.

The Ohio State Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. to "discuss personnel matters related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer," as first reported by Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel and confirmed in a statement on Monday afternoon.

The statement, which can be seen below, also said that the investigative team is holding an informational briefing with the Board of Trustees on Monday, in order to ensure that board members are adequately prepared for Wednesday's meeting, but that no decisions on Meyer's future will be made at Monday's briefing.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss personnel matters related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer. The meeting will be held at Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. In keeping with Ohio open meetings law, the meeting will be convened in public session before entering executive session for the entirety of the personnel matters discussion.

The investigative team will verbally share its findings to the board today in an informational briefing. The board will not deliberate or discuss any public business or make any decisions today based on the information presented during the session. Today’s briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday’s meeting.

According to a previous statement by Ohio State on Friday, university president Michael Drake will announce his decision on how to proceed forward "following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration." It is unclear, however, whether that means the announcement will made shortly after the meeting with the board, or in the days to follow.

No indication has been given by the university as to what Drake's decision will ultimately be. According to Lucas Sullivan of The Columbus Dispatch, however, "two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board could also opt for a 'time served' punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks."

Sullivan also reported that Drake's decision could be announced Thursday.

Meyer has been on paid administrative leave from the university since Aug. 1, when the university announced its investigation into how he handled domestic violence allegations made against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

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