Ohio State Board Of Trustees Scheduled To Meet As Investigation Into Coach Urban Meyer Wraps Up
According to USA Today, university officials stated the independent probe into 54-year-old Meyer would end by Sunday. The Buckeyes coach is being investigated for his handling of domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith, one of his former assistant coaches. Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month, and Smith was fired in July.
Ohio State announces Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to discuss matters related to investigation of Urban Meyer. The investigative team will verbally share its findings to board today – meaning no public documents
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 20, 2018
Meyer — one of college football’s highest-paid coaches — is under contract with Ohio State until 2022 and could ultimately be fired, suspended or reinstated. Investigators continue to determine how much the head coach knew about Smith’s behavior and when he knew it. Court documents disclosed earlier this month revealed a series of text message exchanges between Meyer’s wife Shelley and Smith’s wife Courtney.
Courtney Smith reportedly told college football insider Brett McMurphy that all of the wives of Meyer’s assistant coaches knew about the way her husband was treating her.
“Do you have a restraining order? He scares me,” Shelley Meyer wrote to Courtney Smith in one of the text messages about Zach Smith.
During the Big Ten Media day earlier this year, Urban Meyer admitted he was aware of the allegations against Zach Smith since 2009, when the pair worked together as coaches the Florida Gators.
Ohio State’s offensive coordinator Ryan Day as serving as the Buckeyes’ interim coach. Day reportedly received an offer to become Mississippi State’s head coach.
Meyer — who was been the Buckeyes’ head coach since 2012 — led Ohio State to a national title after the 2014 season.