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Ohio State investigation decision looming, what happens to Meyer?

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Ohio State University announced Monday that their board of trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to decide the future of head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer, 54, has been placed on administrative leave since Aug. 1 after reportedly lying to reporters. He claimed he had no knowledge of an alleged domestic abuse scandal between former assistant coach Zach Smith and ex-wife Courtney Smith in 2015.

Meyer is under contract with the Buckeyes until 2022 and is set to make $7.6 million this season.

Recently, Ohio State president Michael V. Drake released a statement regarding of what will happen next in the decision making process. Stating that the group of investigators will prepare a report of the findings, which will then be sent to the 19-member board of trustees, who will then discuss the findings.

“The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.

Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.”

— Per a release from the university

President Michael Drake will ultimately make the final decision. However, there is no timetable for when his decision will be made. Officials say that Drake’s decision could be made and announced Thursday.

According to two sources connected to the investigation, the recommendation has so far been suspension. In addition, Drake and the board could opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks.

Ohio State’s offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who is serving as interim coach, went to Twitter Friday giving an update of what the team has going on as they prepare to break to camp. The Buckeye staff and players are currently off-limits for interviews.

Ohio State is ranked No. 3 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll and will open the season at home against Oregon State Sept. 1.

 

 

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