Investigators will deliver a report for the independent working group directing the inquiry, which will be shared with the board of trustees in an executive session next week. Following deliberations, Drake will make his decision on what, if any, course of action should be taken.
On Thursday, Drake told WOSU's Ann Fisher that the investigation "will be finished when it's finished" and added that the school is concerned with "doing a good investigation". We wanted to have that information as quickly as possible.
The school placed Meyer on paid administrative leave on August 1 after it was reported that he knew of former assistant Zach Smith's alleged abuse of his now ex-wife, Courtney. He admitted on August 3 that he had lied to reporters at Big Ten media days when he said he had no knowledge of a 2015 accusation against Smith, which became public the day before. He later retracted that statement and said he followed proper protocol in reporting the issue when it occurred in October 2015. No arrests were made in either incident. He allegedly had the items shipped to his office at the Ohio State Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015.
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I miss them, you know, cuddled up on their couches. "It was tearing me apart last night". Hours later, police searched the Watts home and removed several bags of evidence.
"What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, et cetera", Drake said. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions".
The decision will likely come down to either Meyer being fired or Meyer being suspended for X number of games to start the 2018 season, but staying on as the head coach.
In closing, Day said, "I would also like to thank the members of the Ohio State media corps for their patience and understanding".
Nearly lost in the entire Zach Smith saga is the fact that many of his former players are still current Buckeyes and their respective paths toward a successful 2018 season are ongoing.