We're in what should be the final days of Ohio State's investigation into the Zach Smith scandal. That means a decision on Urban Meyer's fate is closing in.
It seems like common thought has moved from Meyer's job being in trouble to there being some sort of penalty, based on what information we know now. Of course, that changes if the investigative committee learns of something shocking, but that is yet to be seen.
In the latest episode of the BuckeyeXtra Podcast, Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch discuss what they see happening with Meyer.
Both Buckeye beat writers believe there will be some sort of penalty for Urban Meyer, but it doesn't sound like either expects it to be severe.
May and Rabinowitz open the episode discussing the investigation. Eventually, May turned the conversation to the eventual penalty that Meyer may face.
May: "I would be surprised if there's not some penalty that comes from all of this. Whether it involves Urban Meyer and/or athletic director Gene Smith, that remains to be seen. Obviously Gene Smith was pulled into the focus only because that's who Zach Smith said called him off the road back in 2015 to answer to allegations that were, at that point, brought by his wife, now former wife Courtney Smith.
So we'll see where it goes. Who knows? They may just determine in Urban Meyer's case, he's going on 15-16 days of paid administrative leave, they figure that may be time served. You never know how these things go."
Rabinowitz opened by saying that he didn't want to make a prediction, to keep people from thinking that he had any real dog in the fight, but wound up mostly agreeing with where May landed.
Rabinowitz: "As far as I will venture a guess as to what happens, I think I'm pretty firm in believing that he will not get off scott free, that Urban Meyer will pay some kind of price. Now maybe it is some kind of time served, but I expect there will be some kind of consequence, if only for the fact that he admitted not handling Chicago well. That's the bare minimum.
We don't know what the committee will uncover. If they uncover that Urban Meyer did not follow the protocol that he said he did, then all bets are off."
Here is the full episode, which goes into actual Buckeyes football after the initial Meyer discussion.
Earlier in the episode, the two said that they don't expect a decision to come down before Monday. That is the final day of the 14-day time period that was laid out last week.