Ohio State Trustees create independent board for Urban Meyer investigation

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Board of Trustees announced Thursday the formation of an independent board to oversee the investigation into Coach Urban Meyer.

Wednesday, Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week.

The panel includes three trustees, a former Ohio House Speaker, a former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General and a former U.S. Attorney.

Full statement released by the Board of Trustees:

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday.

This group includes current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate. Also on the panel are former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.

The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter.

On Thursday, NBC4 discussed the investigation and the university’s handling of it with crisis communications expert, Mark Weaver.

“What they [university officials] are probably doing right now is trying to find out all the facts and they’re finding a way to get those facts out quickly so there’s not a drip, drip, drip effect as the story rolls into several days,” he explained.

Weaver, the founder of Communications Counsel, said he believes the public will learn about Meyer’s future, soon.

“Paid administrative leave is a pretty typical thing to do when you need to pause the situation and figure out what’s happening,” he said. “I don’t imagine that’s going to last much longer. I think they’re going to have to get a resolution pretty quickly.”

University officials have not offered a timetable for the investigation.

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