OSU President: Urban Meyer Probe "Will Be Finished When It's Finished"

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. The investigation of how Meyer hand

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. The investigation of how Meyer hand

Meyer was placed on administrative leave August 1, shortly after a second report from McMurphy surfaced alleging that Meyer was aware of multiple alleged domestic violence incidents involving Smith.

When McMurphy revealed this information to Smith's lawyer, Brad Koffel, and asked for answers to his questions, he was allegedly threatened by Koffel, who told McMurphy to get a lawyer and to "tread very lightly" while denying the picture taken at the White House was Smith. Meyer, who fired Zach Smith in late July, originally said he knew nothing about a 2015 incident between the Smiths.

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The independent investigation will wrap up its findings on Sunday, and then prepare a report to be delivered to the Board of Trustees sometime next week, Ohio State said in its statement Friday.

Given that information is not coming through interactions between the media and Ohio State's coaches and players, the Buckeyes controlled the message by sending out a lengthy release from interim head coach Ryan Day.

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During a radio interview on Thursday, Drake said the school is allowing a careful inspection to be conducted. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions".

Public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours before, in accordance with the law. 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.

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"[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.

The independent working group is chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson. Finebaum said that Meyer isn't going to win any "good person awards" and that in this case he believes the coach let "blind loyalty" to Zach Smith's grandfather supersede character flaws. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

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