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

Urban Meyer has been on administrative leave since the beginning of August

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Ohio State announced Friday that its investigation into how the football program handled an accusation of domestic abuse against former assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015 would be done on Sunday "as planned".

Ohio State proceeded to put Meyer on paid administrative leave as it opened an independent investigation into the matter. A report will then be prepared by the independent working group conducting the investigation prior to its findings being shared with the Board of Trustees during an executive session next week.

Smith was sacked from Ohio State in July after his wife was granted a domestic protection.

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"There is a great deal of interest in this investigation", Drake said Thursday, via ESPN. "The most important thing is to get good information so we can make the right decisions going forward".

A decision on Meyer's future at Ohio State by university President Michael Drake is expected shortly thereafter.

Meyer was put on paid administrative leave on August 1 after he initially denied knowing about a 2015 domestic violence allegation against Smith filed by Smith's ex-wife, Courtney, at Big Ten Media Days in July. He also said he followed all proper protocols related to the allegations. Zach Smith played football at Bowling Green under Meyer and also coached on Meyer's staff at Florida.

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"I think he's pretty close", Finebaum said.

But with this Sunday marking 14 days since Ohio State released that statement, a new timeline has seemingly emerged for the highly pivotal investigation. He admitted on August 3 that he had lied to reporters at Big Ten media days when he said he had no knowledge of a 2015 accusation against Smith, which became public the day before. The investigation is being led by former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

"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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Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has been working as the acting head coach of the Buckeyes in Meyer's absence.

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