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Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/10/1964

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Ohio State's investigation into HC Urban Meyer's role in the case of former WR coach Zach Smith is expected to conclude on Sunday.
Buckeyes president Michael Drake said earlier this week that the investigation was not a concrete timetable and would be "finished when it's finished," but it actually appears that this will, indeed, be wrapping up right around the initial 14-day estimation laid out when the investigation began. The results of the inquiry will be shared with OSU's board of trustees next week, after which a decision figures to come down the pike one way or another on Meyer's fate. One possible split-the-middle option between firing Meyer and simply moving on would be for the university to suspend the coach to start the year. Aug 18 - 12:07 PM

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Ohio State president Michael Drake said that the school's investigation into HC Urban Meyer will be "finished when it's finished."

The expectation was that this investigation -- begun on Aug. 5 -- would take two weeks to conclude. On that timetable, this coming Sunday would see the inquiry into Meyer's action/inaction with deposed WR coach Zach Smith wrapped. Don't hold your breath on that, though. Explained Drake, "The most important thing is to get good information so we can make the right decisions going forward." There might not be a hard and fast deadline on this investigation, but there is one notable deadline that will not be changing -- the Buckeyes will open the 2018 campaign against Oregon State on Sept. 1, with or without Meyer. Ohio State OC Ryan Day will continue to function as acting head coach so long as Meyer's out on administrative leave.
Aug 17 - 11:10 AM

Former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith told ESPN's Dan Murphy through his attorney that he did not tell OSU HC Urban Meyer about his just-revealed 2013 arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

We'd prefer not to keep Zach Smith in your consciousness, but this new reveal could be relevant to the university's ongoing investigation into Meyer allowing Smith to stay on staff through allegations of domestic battery in 2015. If Smith is to be believed, he "handled [his 2013 arrest] on [his] own" and neither Meyer nor the university were ever involved in the case, which resulted in Smith eventually pleading guilty to a lesser charge and having his license suspended for six months.
Aug 13 - 5:38 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer's administrative leave does not permit him to make contact with either his players or the coaches on his staff.

If you were wondering if Meyer's been shadow-coaching his crew while he's been on leave, the answer would -- at least by the letter of the law -- be no. OSU OC Ryan Day is serving as acting head coach while Meyer is awaiting the results of the university's investigation into his role in keeping WR coach Zach Smith on staff through serious domestic violence allegations levied against him by his ex-wife Courtney Smith. This investigation is expected to be concluded within the next 10 days or thereabouts, at which point Meyer will learn his fate.
Aug 9 - 1:50 PM

Julia Leveridge, the attorney for Courtney Smith, said in a statement that Ohio State never contacted her client in regards to allegations of domestic violence against former receivers coach Zach Smith.

Leveridge noted that Ms. Smith is cooperating with OSU's ongoing investigation into HC Urban Meyer's knowledge and role in the aftermath of multiple emergent past allegations of domestic abuse by his former receiver's coach. Notably being investigated is Meyer's involvement -- and his potential lack of institutional action -- relating to an incident in 2015. He claimed in a statement released late last week that he followed all proper channels after being made aware of the incident, this after being caught in several apparent lies or shadings of the truth during Big Ten Media Days. The investigation into Meyer is expected to be concluded within two weeks. In the interim, OC Ryan Day will continue to serve as acting head coach in Columbus as the team attempts to continue its prep for the oncoming season.
Aug 7 - 11:34 AM

The investigation into Ohio State HC Urban Meyer's role in the case of former assistant Zach Smith is expected to be concluded in within the next 14 days.

Meyer is currently out on paid administrative leave while OSU investigates just how much the coach previously knew about the domestic violence allegations which have been levied against Smith on multiple occasions over the past decade. Meyer denied knowledge of an incident involving Smith and his now-ex-wife in 2015 when speaking to journalists during Big Ten Media Days two weeks ago, but reports subsequently surfaced to the contrary and Meyer has since admitted to having knowledge -- though he insists that he has been above board in his handling of the situation. Buckeyes OC Ryan Day is serving as acting coach during preseason camp while Meyer awaits his fate one way or another.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 6 - 12:28 PM

In a statement released on Friday, Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that he followed the proper protocol when he learned of a 2015 domestic violence allegation levied against former assistant Zach Smith by his now-ex-wife.

Meyer -- currently out on administrative leave while the program investigates -- insisted that he followed all proper protocol and channels after Smith's alleged incident of violence occurred in 2015. He also addressed his outright denial of knowledge at Big Ten Media Days last week, admitting that he was unprepared for the questions he was receiving and did not step to the plate forthrightly as he should have. This the first we've heard from Meyer since Ohio State moved to investigate his role in this messy situation. OSU OC Ryan Day is serving as Buckeyes acting head coach until this investigation is resolved one way or another.
Aug 3 - 4:47 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the program investigates his possible knowledge of earlier domestic violence accusations against former WR coach Zach Smith.

College football insider Brett McMurphy published several reports on Wednesday morning alleging that Meyer previously knew about allegations of domestic violence against Smith from 2015. He denied outright during Big Ten Media Days last week that he was aware of these complaints. OSU moved to terminate Smith last Tuesday. With Meyer on leave for at least the start of August camp, OC Ryan Day will work as acting head coach in the short term. We'll pass along updates as information warrants. Ohio State opens the season against Oregon State on Sept. 1.
Aug 1 - 6:21 PM

College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that Ohio State HC Urban Meyer was previously aware of the two allegations of domestic abuse against former assistant Zach Smith in 2015.

The Buckeyes fired Smith last week after news surfaced regarding an alleged history of domestic violence. While Meyer denied having previous knowledge of the above allegations of abuse levied in 2015 during Big Ten Media Days last week, McMurphy is reporting -- through what he says are text messages obtained and an interview with the victim -- that the coach was actually aware of the allegations at the time. As of yet, Ohio State has not moved to discipline Meyer, but cases like this can have a tendency to explode once they hit the public sphere. Even a coach with his pedigree should probably be feeling slightly nervous at this juncture.
Aug 1 - 11:17 AM

ESPN places Ohio State at the top of their power rankings for the Big Ten to begin the 2018 season.

Wisconsin comes in second, and Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan round out the top five, respectively, in that order. Illinois ranks last, behind Rutgers at 13th. Ohio State is considered one of the real contenders for a national title this year -- again -- as they return several stars on defense and some offensive firepower despite the loss of J.T. Barrett at quarterback. The Badgers, Nittany Lions and Wolverines will give them a run for their money, however.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 5:28 PM

The NCAA passed a new rule that gives Division I student-athletes the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission.

This rule was created due to the occasional controversy of a coach blocking a player from transferring and talking to other schools. While this ruling is important, individual conference rules will remain intact as far as transferring between schools within the same conference. This will take effect on October 15th of 2018.
Source: NCAA
Jun 13 - 3:59 PM

Ohio State and Toledo have agreed to a matchup for Sept. 17, 2022.

The Buckeyes will have hosting duties for this one. It's just a one-off contest, rather than a home-and-home-series. Ohio State owns a 3-0 record in previous match-ups between the two squads, though they have not squared off since 2011.
Source: Land of 10
May 31 - 1:18 PM

Ohio State's board of trustees has approved a two-year contract extension for HC Urban Meyer.

Meyer's contract will now run through the 2022 season. The new deal comes with a sweet $1.2 million raise to boot. That will bump Meyer's base salary to $7.6 million for 2018, making him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten -- surpassing Michigan's Jim Harbaugh on that front -- and the third-highest paid coach in the FBS. The Buckeyes have gone 177-31 since Meyer took over prior to the 2012 season. The program has never won fewer than 11 games in a campaign under his watchful eye and secured the national title in 2014.
Apr 5 - 12:19 PM

SB Nation's Bill Connelly has Ohio State ranked at the top of his S&P+ rankings for the 2018 season.

Alabama comes in second, Clemson third, and Washington rounds out the top four. Funnily enough, these are the same four teams that were in the 2016 college football playoff. If you're curious who ranks last on the analytic ranking, UTEP comes in at 130. The S&P measures things like dynamic plays, efficiency in finishing drives and field position, among other variables.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 11 - 3:55 PM

Ohio State AD Gene Smith called the salaries of Alabama HC Nick Saban and Texas A&M HC Jimbo Fisher "ridiculous."

Ridiculous as the salaries might be -- Fisher received a guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract from Texas A&M this winter, while Saban's deal works out to $8.1 million annually -- Ohio State can't really throw stones on this front. Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer drew a salary of $6.4 million for 2017, the fourth-highest draw for an FBS coach. Only Saban, Clemson's Dabo Swinney, and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh made more.
Source: The Lantern
Feb 6 - 1:42 PM