Friday afternoon, Ohio State issued an official update regarding its investigation into how Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer handled 2015 allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. In short, the investigation will be complete on Sunday, but the school will not announce its decision until a few days later.
Thursday, school president Michael Drake, in an interview with WOSU, commented that the school's investigation would be "completed when it's completed" - and not necessarily within the original two-week time frame the school set out two Sundays ago.
It seems like Ohio State's statement Friday is meant to be a bit of clarification. The investigation will wrap up Sunday, but a decision won't be announced until mid-week.
Here's the entire statement:
The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.
Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.
Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had formed a special, independent working group to direct this investigation. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Additional details will be shared next week.
Here's the tweet from Drake, which contains the statement.
Ohio State fans will likely have to wait another few days to learn whether their head coach will retain his job. We'll keep you updated.