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Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/10/1964

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith denied that OC Ryan Day will be the head coach-in-waiting.
Smith put these rumors to rest by saying, "We obviously are appreciative of Coach Day’s great work, and hope he continues to be one of our offensive coordinators for a long time, but we are more than confident Coach Meyer will be our head coach for quite some time." Somehow Meyer will remain the head coach and relatively unscathed after a short suspension. Ohio State travels to No. 10 Penn State next week. Sep 23 - 11:42 AM

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Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said he made a "bad decision" in hiring Zach Smith.

Meyer also admitted he "couldn't recall" why he didn't tell athletic director Gene Smith about Smith's past. This was all said during an ESPN interview as Meyer is trying to repair his image throughout the country. Meyer's three game suspension is now over and he is set to return with the team for this week's cupcake matchup against Tulane.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 11:03 AM

Ohio State trustee Jeffrey Wadsworth has resigned from the board over what he views as a light punishment for HC Urban Meyer.

"Most people were concerned about whether it was a several-game suspension or not. To me, there was something altogether wrong about reducing it to a couple of games," Wadsworth said. He claims that he was the sole voice of disagreement in the room when OSU's board of trustees met to determine what course of action to take with HC Urban Meyer in relation to his handling of former WR coach Zach Smith, who was kept on staff in the face of a history of domestic violence accusations. The board ultimately opted to suspend Meyer for just three games. Wadsworth's resignation represents the first bit of tangible fallout at the university since the suspension was handed down.
Aug 30 - 2:05 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer tweeted out an apology to Courtney Smith and her children on Friday.

In essence, this is an apology for Meyer's previous apology. Meyer was criticized heavily on Wednesday for not apologizing to Smith, but stating rather that he was "sorry for being in this situation." "My words and demeanor on Wednesday did not show how seriously I take relationship violence," Meyer said. "…Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through." We won't see Meyer coaching again until September 22, as he's suspended for the first three games of the year.
Aug 24 - 6:58 PM

College football insider Brett McMurphy said on the 'It's Optional' podcast that he does not believe that Ohio State HC Urban Meyer will coach in Columbus beyond the 2018 season.

McMurphy's reporting on Meyer's handling of former WR coach Zach Smith was instrumental in the school's decision to investigate and ultimately suspend (albeit for just three games) the legendary coaching figure. After coming onto 'It's Optional,' the reporter said that "[w]hether anything trickles out (additionally) or not" he thinks Meyer will be moving on. McMurphy stressed that this is merely his opinion, rather than some angle of inside information. Explained McMurphy, "I just think you could tell by his body language, how he was responding to this his mind the president (Michael Drake) is not backing him up."
Source: 247Sports
Aug 24 - 4:17 PM

Ohio State's investigation into HC Urban Meyer revealed that he has "sometimes had significant memory issues."

Meyer was suspended without pay for the first three games of the season on Wednesday evening. OSU's investigation into his handling of former WR coach Zach Smith brought several issues to light, notable among them, the fact that Meyer has "periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration, and focus." The university indicated that this could have possibly been cause for some of Meyer's less-than-truthful statements at Big Ten Media Days last month. So far as can be ascertained, the memory issues broached in the report have not impacted his ability to coach.
Aug 23 - 11:13 AM

Ohio State suspended HC Urban Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season.

The university's official statement noted that while neither Meyer nor AD Gene Smith "condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by (former WR coach) Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient action relating to his misconduct.". In addition to Meyer, Smith was also suspended without pay for the first three games of the year. These punishments conclude a three-week investigation into Meyer's handling of the wide receivers coach, notably following a 2015 arrest in a case of alleged domestic violence. The tangible offshoot of Meyer's suspension is that he will be grounded for homes games against Oregon State and Rutgers as well as a road showdown with TCU. While the first two games figure to be cakewalks for the Buckeyes, not so the Horned Frogs, a top-25 outfit more than capable of springing an upset. OSU OC Ryan Day will continue to serve as acting head coach while Meyer is out of the picture.
Aug 22 - 9:08 PM

247Sports' Dave Biddle passes along that there's dissension between the Ohio State Board of Trustees, school president Michael Drake and HC Urban Meyer as to how Meyer's punishment should be handled.

Ohio State's Board of Trustees is meeting on Wednesday to determine Meyer's fate, with Drake and Meyer himself also among those now present. Per Biddle, the Board of Trustees is arguing for immediate reinstatement of the coach, something which Drake is "balking at." Meanwhile, Meyer apparently is refusing to serve any kind of a suspension, as he does not believe he handled the case of former WR coach Zach Smith in improper fashion. While there's a range of outcomes possible, here, the main takeaway from Biddle's report would seem to be that an outright termination is not seriously on the table. A decision on Meyer's punishment could potentially be announced later on Wednesday if all parties involved can come to an agreement.
Aug 22 - 5:04 PM

Eleven Warriors' Kevin Harrish reports that Ohio State is expected to determine a future course of action for HC Urban Meyer on Wednesday.

Meyer was spotted entering the Longaberger Alumni House on Wednesday morning, where he's presumably met/is meeting with OSU's Board of Trustees. The Columbus Dispatch's Lucas Sullivan reported earlier this week that a suspension -- rather than an outright firing -- may very well be in play, here. Meyer has been sidelined on administrative leave for the whole of preseason camp to date while the university investigates his knowledge of the troubling case of former WR coach Zach Smith. Looks like we'll have resolution shortly.
Aug 22 - 11:13 AM

Lucas Sullivan of The Columbus Dispatch reports that two sources close to the situation suggest that investigators are likely to suggest a suspension for Ohio State HC Urban Meyer.

The school announced it will meet with Meyer on Wednesday to discuss his actions. Meyer has been on leave since reports from Brett McMurphy suggested that Meyer was aware of the allegations against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith of domestic violence. Sullivan also reports that the investigators will discuss their findings of their report on Monday, and that Meyer could be credited with "time served" since he is currently away from the team.
Aug 20 - 3:30 PM

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

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