OSU says investigation into Urban Meyer should be completed in 14 days

Columbus - The Ohio State University has a released a statement Sunday night saying they expect the investigation involving Football Coach Urban Meyer to be completed within 14 days.

OSU announced last week a newly formed independent working group would be working directly with the investigative team on the incident regarding Meyer and former assistant coach Zach Smith. 

Below is the full statement from OSU's website. 

A newly convened, independent working group — formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Urban Meyer — met late last week, appointed a chair, and engaged an investigative firm.

 

Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the working group, which includes former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and current university trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate. The group was formed to direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice, and to assist with communication to the full board on the matter.

 

Decisions about actions, based on the findings of the investigation, will be made by the president of the university in consultation with the Board of Trustees.

 

Former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White will lead the investigative team. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

 

“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” Davidson said. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”

 

The investigation is expected to be completed within 14 days.

Meyer has been placed on administrative leave while Ohio State investigates the claims the head coach knew about the 2015 allegations of abuse against Smith, who was fired last week. 

Meyer released a statement to the Buckeye Nation on Friday acknowledging he knew about the 2015 incident, and that he followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when he learned of the incident. 

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