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ESPN Reporter Has Major Update On Ohio State's Urban Meyer Investigation

A closeup of Urban Meyer in an Ohio State windbreaker.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

The Urban Meyer investigation Ohio State has been underway for a couple of days. Sunday night, the school announced that it was expected to take roughly two weeks. Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since last Wednesday.

Tonight, ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy published an update on how the investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' program is going.

An interesting tidbit: the Powell Police Department has denied Ohio State's investigation team in their pursuit of additional records into the Zach Smith accusations.


Police in Powell, Ohio, have had preliminary conversations with the investigators, according to Chief of Police Gary Vest, and are willing to help as much as the law will allow. The Powell police visited Courtney Smith's home twice in the fall of 2015 to respond to complaints about habitual domestic violence and stalking. Neither visit resulted in an arrest or any charges against Zach Smith.

Vest said he is not at liberty to share the details of what his officers discovered about those incidents in 2015 because of confidentiality laws designed to protect the identity of people accused of crimes. Because Smith was not charged with a crime as a result of those incidents, the details of what police found while responding to those cases are not public record, according to Powell's city attorney. Vest said he also denied a request from the investigators working on behalf of Ohio State to see the same records based on advice received from the city's attorney.

Ohio State's football program, meanwhile, started practice last Friday.

The Buckeyes open the regular season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. The team is being led by interim coach Ryan Day in Urban Meyer's absence.