Ohio State Trustees to meet Wednesday to discuss Urban Meyer investigation


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Board of Trustees plans to meet Wednesday morning to discuss the Urban Meyer investigation.

The meeting will take place at 9am Wednesday, August 22 at the Longaberger Alumni House at 2200 Olentangy River Road. The trustees will convene briefly and immediately enter into an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Monday afternoon, board members met with the investigative team to hear the findings. As they emerged from the closed-door meeting, trustees declined to comment.

The investigation is regarding Meyer’s handling of accusations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn’t know anything about abuse allegations made by Courtney Smith in October 2015.  In a statement released via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. He also acknowledged mishandling reporters questions about it.

What Meyer knew and when he knew it became key questions after college football writer Brett McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith had told Meyer’s wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of injuries through text messages that she shared with McMurphy.

Smith denied assaulting his wife and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself. He said he discussed the 2015 allegations at the time with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith.

Ohio State’s policy on sexual misconduct says anyone who supervises faculty, staff, students or volunteers has a duty to report “when they receive a disclosure of sexual misconduct or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that sexual misconduct may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy.”

A clause in Meyer’s new contract, which raised his salary to $7.6 million this year and runs through 2022, also requires him to “report to Ohio State’s Title IX athletics any known violations” of the sexual misconduct policy involving students, faculty or staff at the risk of being fired with cause.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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