Coach Urban Meyer’s forced break from the Ohio State football program is a total one.

Meyer is on paid administrative leave while a six-person committee investigates his actions regarding the domestic-abuse allegations against fired receivers coach Zach Smith.

On Thursday, Ohio State clarified the terms of his administrative leave. Meyer is not permitted to have any contact with Buckeyes coaches or players, a university spokesman confirmed to The Dispatch.

He also is not permitted to use university-issued communication devices or enter any campus building. That includes the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the site of the football program’s offices and practice fields.

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The university announced Sunday that the committee was expected to finish its work within 14 days. The committee consists of three members of OSU's board of trustees and three outsiders. Mary Jo White, former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is directing the investigation.

A final decision on Meyer’s future at Ohio State will be made by OSU president Michael V. Drake, in consultation with the board of trustees.

Ohio State enters its second week of preseason training camp Friday. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day is the acting coach.

Citing the investigation, Ohio State has not made players or coaches available to reporters. Except for a brief period Tuesday morning when the Big Ten Network was in town, Ohio State has also closed all practices to the media.

Ohio State’s opener is Sept. 1 against visiting Oregon State.

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