Ohio State Urban Meyer update

Tanya Simon
August 19, 2018

The school's president, Michael Drake, announced on Friday the investigation would be completed today. Smith was sacked in July, after his ex-wife obtained a protective order against him.

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.

Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. Meyer denied knowing about the allegations the previous week at Big Ten media days.

Ohio State, meanwhile, is set to open its 2018 season on September 1 against Oregon State. He allegedly had the items shipped to his office at the Ohio State Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015. In a statement release August 3, Meyer admitted that he was aware of the 2015 incident and followed the proper reporting protocols.

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"What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, et cetera", Drake said. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions".

"[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. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance.

In this January 1, 2011, file photo, then-Florida head coach Urban Meyer puts his arm around his wife Shelley after Florida defeated Penn State 37-24 in the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game, in Tampa, Fla. In a statement on Twitter two days later, the 3-time national champion head coach admitted he had been made aware of the accusations made against Smith and proceeded to follow the proper protocols. 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.

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