OSU investigation on Urban Meyer could be completed in 2 weeks
COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Update: 10:45 p.m. 8/5/18***
The Ohio State University says investigation on Urban Meyer could be completed in two weeks.
The university released the update late on Sunday.
"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation," Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson said in a press release statement. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take."
The full press release can be read on the the school's website.
***Update 6:29 p.m. 8/3/18***
Former Ohio State University receivers coach Zach Smith said he would be heartbroken if Urban Meyer was fired.
Smith said this in an interview with ESPN, the video aired on Friday.
In the interview Smith said him and Meyer had conversations about the 2015 incident.
"I swear to God Zach. If I find out you hit her you're done, you're fired," Smith said Meyer said to him in a conversation.
Also during the interview with ESPN, Smith said Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith and police were aware of the 2015 incident.
*** Update: 4:28 8/3/18 ***
Urban Meyer said he looks forward to rejoining the Ohio State football program soon. Meyer posted the message on Twitter after reports came out he may have known about a domestic situation involving one of his coaches in 2015.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation regarding what he knew about domestic violence charges against former assistant coach Zach Smith.
Now, with the football season only weeks, the university has formed an independent panel to help decide Meyer's future.
OSU released the following statement on Thursday regarding the panel:
"The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday.
This group includes current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate. Also on the panel are former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.
The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter."
A Title IX clause, which was added to Meyer's contract in April, could prove to be the deciding factor in whether to cut ties with Meyer.
It reads, in part:
Coach shall promptly report to Ohio State's Title IX Athletics any known violations of Ohio State's Sexual Misconduct Policy (including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate violence and stalking) that involve any student, faculty or staff or that is in connection with a university sponsored activity or event. ... For purposes of this Section 4.1 (e), a "known violation" shall mean a violation or allegation of a violation of Title IX that Coach is aware of or has reasonable cause is taking place or may have taken place.
Scroll below to view Meyer's full contract:
Ohio State's first game is scheduled for Sept. 1 against the Oregan State Beavers.
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