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Ohio State Announces Gene Smith Is Going On Vacation

A general view of Ohio State's football stadium ahead of a Michigan game.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Ohio Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State is nearly halfway through its investigation into how Urban Meyer handled the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Following a bombshell report from Brett McMurphy, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.

While the investigation is ongoing, athletic director Gene Smith will be away. According to Lu Ann Stoia of ABC6, Smith is taking a week of vacation.

The timing is interesting here, especially since Smith has yet to make a public comment on the matter other than to say he can't speak on it at this time.

Here's more from Stoia.

It's possible the investigation committee has already spoken with Smith and no longer needs him for the remainder of the investigation.

Ohio State set a two-week timeline for the investigation, which suggests a conclusion will be reached by mid-August. Ryan Day has assumed interim head coaching duties while Meyer remains on leave.

Ohio State opens the season against Oregon State.