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Attorney Makes Prediction For Urban Meyer After What Happened On Friday

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A legal expert has made a prediction for Urban Meyer's future at Ohio State following what transpired in Columbus on Friday afternoon. Meyer, currently on paid administrative leave, issued a strong statement. Former OSU assistant coach Zach Smith did several interviews, denying allegations of domestic abuse.

Meyer, in his statement, admitted to knowing about the allegations against Smith back in 2015, but says he reported them and followed proper protocol.

He admitted to mishandling his press conference at Big Ten Media Days.

"Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts," Meyer said in his statement. "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions."

Meyer's future at Ohio State is now in question. He's been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

One legal expert with dealings in situations like these has since made a prediction for Meyer's future at Ohio State.

The legal expert believes a buyout is coming.

"An attorney with dealings in intercollegiate athletics told me today that he believes Urban Meyer’s statement and Zach Smith’s interview was a coordinated negotiating tactic to help Meyer get a better buyout," The Blade's Kyle Rowland tweeted.

Meyer's buyout is a massive one - close to $40 million - and if he followed proper protocol, you would think Ohio State would be unable to fire him for cause and, thus, he'd be due his buyout.

Stay tuned, though. This situation could be far from over.