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New Details Emerging From Ohio State's Urban Meyer Investigation

Urban Meyer crouching on the Ohio State sideline.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State's Urban Meyer investigation concluded on Sunday. We should get the results in the coming days, with the school's Board of Trustees set to discuss the report on Wednesday.

The investigation stems from recently-revealed allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, and how Meyer and the Ohio State athletic department handled them back in 2015.

Little by little, we're learning more details about what into the Ohio State investigation.

The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May reports that Ohio State was "extremely thorough" in this Urban Meyer investigation.

May spoke to four separate people who were interviewed in connection to the situation. Each of them said they were "impressed" by how in-depth things were handled.

An example given was the Friday Brett McMurphy report on Zach Smith allegedly having sex with an Ohio State athletics staffer in the team facilities. According to May's sources, that was not a revelation to the investigative team.

For example, it was revealed in a social media report last Friday that sources said Zach Smith had a sexual encounter with a female OSU football office worker in his office in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. But it apparently was no bombshell to the investigators, who at that point already were wrapping up their work.

“That was not a secret,” said one of the witnesses who spoke to The Dispatch, indicating the woman’s name had come up during earlier questioning.

It sounds like the investigation goes beyond Meyer's involvement as well. Of course, the fate of the national championship-winning head coach is the major focus for most.

None of the four provided specifics, concerned that details could identify them to investigators. And none would hazard a guess as to how the final ruling will go in regard to Meyer.

But all four said the inquiries were wide-ranging. They did not simply zero in on what Meyer knew of — and how he handled — the allegations of domestic violence brought in October by Courtney Smith against Zach Smith, who was neither arrested nor charged by Powell police.

We should know more very soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow. Ohio State opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 1, when it hosts Oregon State.

[The Columbus Dispatch]