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How Much Ohio State's Urban Meyer Investigation Is Costing

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

We should be nearing the end of Ohio State's investigation into the response taken in the Zach Smith scandal, and specifically, Urban Meyer's role.

Late on Sunday, August 5, it was reported that the school intended to finish its investigation within 14 days. That time is fast approaching.

The 14-day mark from McMurphy's tweet would be Sunday, August 19. Obviously, it could mean that Monday, August 20 is the de facto end date. Either way, we're nearing the conclusion.

Six people have been tabbed for the investigation, with three coming from the Ohio State board of trustees and three from outside the university.

Now we know how much the investigation into Urban Meyer and Ohio State will cost the school.

From Columbus Dispatch higher education reporter Jenn Smola, who broke the news on Twitter:

"Pending Controlling Board approval, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office has set a budget of $500,000 for the law firm handling Urban Meyer investigation, which Ohio State will pay. The hourly rate for the investigative work by law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is not to exceed $1,620.

This doesn’t necessarily mean Ohio State has or will pay that full amount, but that’s what’s been budgeted by AG’s office, which appoints special counsel. The matter will be before the Controlling Board Monday."

That's a pretty significant cost, but of course, its a small fraction of what Ohio State lays out for athletics on an annual basis. According to USA Today, that number was over $173 million in 2016-17.

[Jenn Smola]