State controlling board delays approval of funding for Urban Meyer investigation

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COLUMBUS (AP/WCMH) – Approval for funding an outside firm’s two-week investigation of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will wait until after university trustees meet privately Wednesday to discuss the findings.

The investigation focuses on how Meyer handled years-old domestic violence allegations against a recently fired assistant coach. What to do with Meyer will be university President Michael Drake’s decision, and no timetable has been announced.

Ohio’s attorney general had requested a legislative oversight panel’s approval for the public university to spend up to $500,000 on the investigation, with the hourly rate limited to $1,620. That panel, the Controlling Board, was set to consider the request this week, but in a statement, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said, “the Controlling Board item has been deferred as the parties will be adjusting the budget on this matter.”  He didn’t give specifics.

Sen. Charleta Tavares, D – Columbus, said she and other members of the Controlling Board have questions. “For me it’s not so much about the money specifically – its to make sure that there was a thorough investigation,” Tavares said.

Sen. Jay Hottinger, R – Newark, said he too is concerned that the investigation was done right. “The last thing that the university or the Attorney General’s Office or anyone wants to have happen is that they think we have all the information, they think we have all the dollars that are needed to be approved and then … two weeks later they have to come back before the Controlling Board seeking additional spending authority,” Hottinger said.

The next meeting of the Controlling Board is scheduled for Sept 10.

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