WOSU of the probe, which was expected to be complete by Sunday.

Zach Smith's comments combined with Meyer's statement seemed to exonerate Meyer from a legal standpoint, possibly putting Gene Smith in the investigation's crosshairs.

Meyer is now on paid administrative leave.

That spawned public outrage and the Ohio State investigation. 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. "However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions".


The working group will share the report with the trustees in an executive session, according to the statement.

An announcement on the status of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer appears to be set for next week. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.

It's unclear what those penalties could include.

"I'm pleased to, in consultation with the board, bring in a really outstanding team", Drake said. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. And I believe he did, and I believe he looked past it to a point where it borders on being fireable".


Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has served as head coach while Meyer is on leave.

Ohio State's season begins September 1 against Oregon State.

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

Meyer was put on paid administrative leave on August 1 after he initially denied knowing about a 2015 domestic violence allegation against Smith filed by Smith's ex-wife, Courtney, at Big Ten Media Days in July. The Columbus Dispatch reported police responded to the couple's home for the 2015 incident, but no charges were filed. It is also not the only time Smith took vulgar pics.


Meyer's fate won't be known this weekend, however, as the investigators will compile a report based on the results of their investigation. Would I nominate him for a good citizen award? No. "He said, 'I swear to God Zach, if I find out you hit her, you're done, you're fired'". Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, told Stadium that he had "no idea" about the photos and sex paraphernalia.

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