College football insider Bruce Feldman appeared on FOX Sports 1 this afternoon to discuss some of the major storylines entering the 2018 season. Of course, he talked about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State program.
Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
OSU issued a two-week timetable for its investigation on Sunday, Aug. 5. We are approaching the end of that timeline.
Feldman said on FOX Sports 1 today that there’s an “increasing chance” Meyer retains his job as Ohio State’s head coach based on what he’s hearing from those around the situation.
Here are his full comments, transcribed by 247Sports:
“The deadline that the investigation was set for should be this Sunday,” Feldman said. “It should be anytime within the next 96 hours, and we’re expecting to find out what they have determined from their investigation into whether Urban Meyer did in fact follow the protocols and procedures that he said he did when he issued that statement from his own personal Twitter account about two weeks ago (Aug. 3).
“I think, from talking to people around this situation – not anyone that is investigating this – but people around the situation – there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer retains his job.
“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Look, did he do the right thing?’ Technically, he did. Now, part of the investigation is to find out what did he know and when did he know about it, and then what did he do about it?
“And I think some of this stuff that has been swirling around the Urban Meyer/Ohio State investigation that has been related to Zach Smith, publicity-wise, it didn’t help that the Toledo Blade unearthed a DUI from 2013 involving Zach Smith. It’s just one more thing that I think people will say, if Urban keeps his job or not, but if he keeps his job, ‘What is the reason you kept him on? And then what exactly was it that you determined that’s why you fired him?’
“Now, we don’t know a lot of the particulars of that. We don’t know if when they confronted Zach Smith about it, was he untruthful about it? Did they catch him in lies? Is that was changed the night before Big Ten media days (July 23) when this all really blew up (and when Smith was fired)? We don’t know a lot of that.
“And hopefully when this investigation is concluded, we will get some measure of transparency and find out, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions.”
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Ohio State’s program, meanwhile, is being led by interim coach Ryan Day. The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.