Will Urban Meyer be fired or resign as head coach in 2018?
A new report from college football insider Brett McMurphy has revealed some of the details of the contracts/raises now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith received during his time at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.
Ohio State trustees announced last week that a special "independent board working group" would direct the Meyer investigation, which is expected to last about two weeks. In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against former assistant Zach Smith in 2015.
After Courtney Smith went public last week, claiming she had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the abuse in 2015, the Buckeyes head coach changed his story in a statement.More news: Oscars move to honor 'popular' movies sparks swift backlash
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Meyer has gone 73-8 in six seasons at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2014 and two Big Ten titles after winning a pair of national titles at Florida.
Ohio State's policy on sexual misconduct says anyone who supervises faculty, staff, students or volunteers has a duty to report 'when they receive a disclosure of sexual misconduct or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that sexual misconduct may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy'.
Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout.
In a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, Julia Leveridge said Ohio State has "never contacted Ms. Smith" to discuss the domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, either in the immediate aftermath of an alleged 2015 incident or in the years since.
According to the new report, Smith, who was sacked earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.