Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer met “more than twice” with investigators examining his response to the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations during their two-week probe, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Dispatch on Tuesday.
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The source would not detail the timing of those meetings, but said the investigation led by former Securities and Exchange Commission head Mary Jo White was “very thorough, down the middle and by the book.” The source said that steady communication between the sides’ legal teams has continued.
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The Dispatch also has learned that OSU athletic director Gene Smith met with the investigative team at least twice during the two weeks.
Insiders said Meyer and Smith each were accompanied by their own independent attorneys during the questioning. Fees for those attorneys would be the responsibility of Meyer and Smith, an OSU administrator said, and not that of the school.
Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 1. The investigatory committee finished its work on Sunday. Its findings were shared with members of the university’s board of trustees on Monday in what was called an “informational briefing.”
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The 20-member board will meet in executive session on Wednesday morning to evaluate Meyer’s actions. OSU president Michael V. Drake will then make a decision, though it might not come Wednesday.
Meyer was placed on leave two days before the start of preseason training camp. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Dispatch reporter Tim May contributed to this story.