Ohio State University forms special board in Urban Meyer investigation

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University announced a special, independent board will investigate head football coach Urban Meyer, who was put on paid leave this week after claims that people close to him knew of allegations against longtime assistant coach Zach Smith of domestic abuse.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees said it formed the special board on Thursday. The group includes current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate, former Oho House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.

"The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter," OSU said.

Smith was fired on July 23, days after he was served with a protection order involving his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

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