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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

CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli lists Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins as a likely breakout candidate for the 2018 season.

Haskins hasn't played much, but when he has been on the field, there have been flashes of electricity, as Fornelli notes. He also notes that he shows more arm talent than former starter J.T. Barrett, and he certainly can make plays with his legs as well. As Fornelli summarizes: "There are a lot of questions surrounding the Ohio State football program at the moment, but Haskins isn't one of them."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 10:17 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore TE Jake Hausmann has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained early in camp.

The Buckeyes released some camp notes on Friday after the team had largely spent spent preseason camp closed up while the school investigates HC Urban Meyer. Hausmann (6'4/245) sounds like he should be able to suit up for OSU's opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1 barring any setback with the hamstring. The former four-star recruit took a redshirt his first year in Columbus, then went on to start three games without logging a catch during the most recent campaign.
Aug 17 - 3:55 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 11:10 AM

The Dominion Post's Allan Taylor reports that West Virginia redshirt junior QB Chris Chugunov will transfer to Ohio State.

Just how this will work out logistically is not quite clear at this juncture. Ohio State is already at their 85-man scholarship limit. Taylor is reporting that Chugunov is "waiting to enroll" at the university, but that he will be placed on scholarship once he does officially start with the university. There's an obvious disconnect there if this report is true, so stay tuned. Chugunov infamously had a small (uneventful) cup of starting coffee with the Mountaineers last season while Will Grier was recovering from a finger injury.
Aug 14 - 1:19 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 13 - 5:38 PM

The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones "must get considerably stronger."

Marino highlights Jones as one of the most overrated prospect in the 2019 draft class and said "Pop on his tape and you will see him regularly getting blasted at the point of attack. Developing far greater play strength is a must for Jones’ current billing to become a reality." He admits Jones has "good burst" and "the ability to get into the backfield with quickness," but believes he shouldn't be selected where analysts are suggesting. Jones is coming off a down year, Jones needs to play better in 2018 to maintain a high draft stock.
Aug 12 - 2:48 PM

The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema projects Ohio state junior edge rusher Nick Bosa to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.

Sikkema notes, "His size, motor and talent are just about everything you could ask for in an age where defenders are rotating all along defensive lines. Bosa can line up inside and out for 3-4 and 4-3 alignments, and with health on his side he has the potential to dominate the next level for years to come."Houston DT Ed Oliver is consistently in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick as well with this season and the combine likely determining the pecking order between them.
Aug 12 - 12:52 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

Ohio State redshirt senior WR Terry McLaurin had the second-highest passer rating when targeted of any returning Big 10 wide receiver.

McLaurin caught 29-of-45 targets for 436 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. The only player to finish with a higher rating was Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus. McLaurin is a boom-or-bust receiver that finished third on the team in receptions and yards. He will likely play a similar role this season but has a shot for more production with sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins at the helm.
Aug 5 - 1:13 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 football players and coaches will not be permitted to speak with the media while the program investigates HC Urban Meyer's possible knowledge of domestic battery allegations levied against former WR coach Zach Smith in 2015.

This would be more or less expected, as it does neither the program nor Meyer any favors to have this investigation an open topic of conversation. Going one step further, OSU's statement included the note that practices will be closed until further notices. Those practices will be overseen by OC Ryan Day, who is serving as acting head coach with Meyer out on paid administrative leave.
Aug 2 - 1:36 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.
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