Ohio State investigation of Urban Meyer, football program to end Sunday

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer denied he knew about 2015 incident.Photo Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State officials announced on Friday evening that its investigation will be completed on Sunday as planned.

Ohio State officials announced on Friday evening that its investigation involving the Buckeyes' football program and head coach Urban Meyer will be completed on Sunday as planned.

The investigators will share their findings with the university's Board of Trustees in an executive session next week.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 after the ex-wife of former assistant coach Zach Smith accused Meyer of mishandling domestic assault allegations she made against Smith.

Ohio State appointed the special working group to review the allegations on Aug. 5 and said the investigation would be completed in two weeks.

University president Michael Drake and the board of trustees will determine what action is needed after hearing the results of the investigation.

Meanwhile, a report by WatchStadium.com surfaced late Friday evening that alleged Smith purchased $2,200 worth of sex toys and had them delivered to him at the football offices.

Courtney Smith, his former wife, said in the report that he took pictures of himself having oral sex in the coaches' offices in 2015 and also sent a photo of his genitalia during a White House visit, also in 2015, that included a towel with the President's seal.

Brad Koffel, Zach Smith's attorney, told WatchStadium.com that he had no knowledge of the photos or sex items.

The university statement Friday said that 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.

The independent working group is chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson. The investigation is being led by Mary Jo White, former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Interim head coach Ryan Day has been running the Buckeyes' fall practices and has released a full rundown of each position group to update the media and fans on the status of the team.




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