Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave while the university looks into how he handled domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But a decision could come as soon as Wednesday after the school's board takes a look at the findings of a six-person committee hired by the school to investigate the matter. Much of the debate still centers around determining what Meyer knew - and when.
USA Today did a deep dive into Meyer's contract this week. The publication found that when it comes to reporting alleged sexual misconduct, Meyer's contract is one of the strictest in the Big Ten.
Meyer, Maryland coach D.J. Durkin and Illinois coach Lovie Smith all have specific policies in their contracts regarding alleged sexual misconduct.
It's unclear exactly what this means for Meyer in the context of the investigation. Here's more, via USA Today:
According to his coach’s contract and Ohio State’s Sexual Misconduct policy, however, Meyer is required to report all allegations of sexual misconduct occurring within the university community – making the document’s policy on sexual misconduct among the strictest in the Big Ten, according to a USA TODAY Network examination of the contracts.
Generally, Big Ten coach’s contracts include language binding them to all university rules, indirectly subjecting them to the university sexual misconduct policies which are outlined in separate documents. However, Meyer’s contract, along with Illinois coach Lovie Smith and Maryland coach D.J. Durkin’s contracts, for example, specify coaches must report allegations of sexual misconduct in addition to simply mentioning that they are subject to all university policies.
This past Sunday, the school wrapped up its two-week investigation into how Meyer handled the allegations against Smith. It's unclear when the school's president, Michael Drake, will make his decision. There are already rumors that Meyer could be looking at a short suspension instead of a firing.