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Update On Ohio State's Investigation, Gene Smith's Availability

A general view of Ohio State's football stadium ahead of a Michigan game.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Ohio Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon, Ohio State announced athletic director Gene Smith will be leaving for a one-week vacation. This news comes in the midst of the school's investigation into how Urban Meyer handled domestic violence allegations against one of his former coaches.

It's interesting timing for the AD of a major program to go on vacation - especially during an investigation into the program's head football coach. However, one college football reporter revealed Smith will be available during his vacation.

Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade, reported that while Smith is gone he will be available to speak with the investigative team.

"Gene Smith is taking a week of vacation and is out of the office. He is available to speak with the investigative team," the school said in a statement to Rowland.

Ohio State set a two-week timeline for the investigation, which suggests a conclusion will be reached by mid-August. Meanwhile, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave, where he remains during the investigation.

Meyer is not allowed to have any communication with the team during his absence. Ryan Day assumed interim head coaching duties while Meyer remains on leave.