The Latest On Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Investigation

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave during fall camp.   
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Specifying previous comments that he made on WOSU, Ohio State president Michael Drake said that the working group's investigation into Meyer's handling of the domestic violence claims made against Zach Smith will be completed as planned.

Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith told Stadium that the former coach "took multiple photos of his penis inside the Ohio State coaches' offices" and he "photographed himself in the coaches' offices receiving oral sex and having sex with an OSU staffer". Investigators will deliver a report for the independent working group directing the inquiry, which will be shared with the board of trustees in an executive session next week.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave August 1 in response to a report by Brett McMurphy that alleged the head coach was aware of domestic abuse allegations against then-receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. The Big Ten East has been called the toughest division in college football, and that's expected to be the case again this season even with the uncertainty surrounding Meyer and his defending conference champion Ohio State Buckeyes. He later retracted that statement and said he followed proper protocol in reporting the issue when it occurred in October 2015.

"What we're doing is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, etc.", Drake said.

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That spawned public outrage and the Ohio State investigation. I'm doing my best possible job to keep an open mind. On the same day, Zach Smith, who was sacked July 23 after domestic abuse allegations from 2009-15 became public, indicated OSU athletic director Gene Smith called him as he was on the road recruiting and told him to return to Columbus because of the accusations.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the 2015 allegations, according to Zach Smith. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance.

Courtney Smith has contended she believed Urban Meyer knew all along about the allegations she made regarding abuse from Zach.

"[Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement following his placement on leave. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group.

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