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Chicago Tribune Writer Posts New Urban Meyer Prediction

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave following a report alleging he knew of the assault allegations against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer revealed he knew of the allegations and reported them to his superiors.

In the week and a half following the report, Ohio State opened an investigation into how Meyer handled the allegations stemming from the 2015 incident. Ohio State announced a two-week timeline for the investigation.

A conclusion is likely to come soon.

Meanwhile, college football writers from around the country are speculating on what Ohio State will do with Urban Meyer. Among them is Chicago Tribune writer Teddy Greenstein.

In a new piece, Greenstein predicted Meyer's future. He thinks the Ohio State coach will serve a suspension and then return to the team.

From his piece:

I’m saying Ohio State officials will suspend Meyer for multiple games — and not only because of the likely public backlash (at least outside a 200-mile radius from Columbus) if they don’t.

Meyer damaged the program. He dragged down the name of the university.

He allowed an assistant coach with drinking and anger issues, at minimum, to coach and mentor his receivers. What Meyer would not tolerate among his players — at least not his less talented ones — he tolerated in Zach Smith.

A suspension seems like the likely conclusion moving forward. The odds from Las Vegas sportsbooks suggest the same.

Ohio State opens its season against Oregon State on September 1.

[Chicago Tribune]