Urban Meyer investigation to cost university $500k

NBC4 Investigates

The Coach Urban Meyer saga is ringing up quite a bill, and your tax dollars are paying for it.

NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi learned the Ohio State Attorney General’s Office signed off on the budget for the national law firm hired to answer the six-million dollar question: What did Coach Meyer know about allegations of domestic abuse in 2015 regarding former Assistant Coach Zack Smith?

The retention agreement with Debevoise and Plimpton calls for the law firm receiving $500,000 for its services. That tab would cover a year’s tuition at OSU for 46 freshmen.

The state’s Controlling Board has to approve the budget, and OSU is responsible for paying the bill.

Here’s a closer look at the agreement.

  • The $500,ooo budget includes all fees and expenses.
  • The budget, according to the agreement, will not exceed $500,000.
  • The hourly rate is not to exceed $1,620.

Heading the firm’s investigation is Mary Jo White, the firm’s Senior Chair, and former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York.

OSU is racking up another bill. Paying Coach Meyer who’s on paid administrative leave.

Meyer’s 2018 salary is $7.6 million dollars. That’s about $21,468.92 a day.

Meyer has been sidelined since August 1. To date, OSU has paid Meyer about $300,564.00 to sit at home.

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