Paul Finebaum Thinks Urban Meyer Survives at Ohio State

A closeup of Urban Meyer walking onto the field for an Ohio State football game

Paul Finebaum Thinks Urban Meyer Survives at Ohio State

Ohio State announced Friday that its investigation into how the football program handled an accusation of domestic abuse against former assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015 would be done on Sunday "as planned".

Meyer is now on paid administrative leave while the investigation is on-going. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. The board will deliberate, then Drake will announce a decision. Meyer, who fired Zach Smith in late July, originally said he knew nothing about a 2015 incident between the Smiths.

"I will say that the team is investigating this particular set of circumstances and I don't know all the questions they're asking or how they're going about it", Drake said on WOSU public radio this week. "There's a great deal of interest in this investigation, so we wanted to make sure we had really good information".

Ohio State president Michael Drake will reveal the university's decision next week after the investigators share a report of their findings with the Board of Trustees.

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Members of the Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleading team run out on the field before the start of the game against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2004 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. He also said he followed all proper protocols related to the allegations. Courtney Smith, now Zach's ex-wife, told Stadium on August 1 that she believed Meyer was aware of a 2015 claim of abuse against her then-husband. Zach Smith has said both Meyer and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith were aware of the 2015 allegations and believed his denials.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has been working as the acting head coach of the Buckeyes in Meyer's absence. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

Day issued a statement Friday afternoon providing an update about Ohio State's fall practices to date.

"I think he's pretty close", Finebaum said.

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