Zach Smith: Explosive new allegations surface about disgraced former OSU coach (Sportsnaut)

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Ohio State says factfinders investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant will deliver a report to university leaders sometime next week. When that report is complete, it will be shared with the university's Board of Regents; the report is expected to reach the regents at some point next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance.

Meyer is now on paid administrative leave while the investigation is on-going. The board will deliberate, then Drake will announce a decision. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. 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. Meyer denied knowing about the allegations the previous week at Big Ten media days.

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Meyer was placed on leave on August 1. College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported the details of both the 2015 allegations and an earlier criminal investigation in Florida, in 2009, that was closed after Courtney Smith declined to pursue charges.

"That's the projected goal", Ohio State president Michael Drake told WOSU's All Sides of the 14-day timetable. 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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Alderweireld, who was heavily linked with a move in the summer, played the full match while Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele , both also said to be available for transfer, were substitutes.

Zach Smith's comments combined with Meyer's statement seemed to exonerate Meyer from a legal standpoint, possibly putting Gene Smith in the investigation's crosshairs. A couple of days later, McMurphy produced text messages from Courtney Smith that showed Meyer's wife knew about the allegations in 2015.

Ohio State will have a scrimmage Saturday, which designates the end of fall camp and the beginning of what are considered traditional practices. It's the first open practice to the media all summer, as the school closed practices after Meyer was placed on administrative leave.

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