Urban Meyer investigation could go past initial timetable

Dean Simpson
August 20, 2018

Zach Smith had sex toys delivered to him at Ohio State's football headquarters in 2015, according to a report Friday, raising more questions about the former assistant coach's conduct while employed there just as the university prepares to conclude its investigation of the program and head coach Urban Meyer.

Around this time next week - or shortly thereafter - we should know whether or not Urban Meyer has a future as the head football coach at Ohio State.

Public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours before, in accordance with the law. OSU president Michael Drake then will announce his decision after deliberations with the board. "The most important thing is to get good information so we can make the right decisions going forward". "We wanted to make sure we had really good information, and there is time pressure". Zach Smith has said both Meyer and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith were aware of the 2015 allegations and believed his denials.

Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave August 1 after Courtney Smith accused him of mishandling past domestic assault allegations she made against Zach Smith. Smith was sacked after allegations of domestic abuse against his now ex-wife in 2009 and 2015 became public. The group also includes former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart, and three members of the Ohio State board of trustees.

Meyer said August 3 that he had reported the Smith allegation to the proper channel.

"What we're doing is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, etc.", Drake said. But given we're two weeks and a day from Ohio State's season-opener against Oregon State, the Buckeyes football program felt compelled to break the silence. Zach Smith played football at Bowling Green under Meyer and also coached on Meyer's staff at Florida.

Acting head coach Ryan Day met with the media for the first time during the Buckeyes' fall camp Friday, which began August 3.

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