COLUMBUS, Ohio — For a number of hours Wednesday, the Ohio State board of trustees has been assembly behind closed doorways to determine what to do in regards to the famed soccer coach Urban Meyer and what he knew a couple of home violence case involving considered one of his assistant coaches.
Meyer, one of the vital profitable coaches within the sport, arrived midmorning at a constructing simply throughout from the soccer advanced and went inside however, one trustee stated, was not attending the assembly there. His spouse, Shelley, confirmed up hours later, too. And within the late afternoon, some eight hours after the board started assembly, the athletic director, Gene Smith, was noticed coming into the constructing, the Longaberger Alumni House.
As night approached, the clamor of soccer apply close by — the season begins Sept. 1 towards Oregon State — could possibly be heard beneath the course of an interim coach, Ryan Day.
At stake, it appeared, was any disciplinary motion the board and President Michael V. Drake would take as a results of a report it commissioned into Meyer’s actions within the home violence case involving the assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been fired.
Meyer has been on paid administrative depart since Aug. 1 after allegations arose in a information report that Meyer knew that Smith had been accused of home abuse in 2015. Meyer had initially stated he had simply realized of the case, however after being placed on depart he launched an announcement saying he misspoke and had “followed proper reporting protocols and procedures” after he had realized of the incident in 2015.
The board on Monday was briefed on the college’s report, written by the previous Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White and her group from the regulation agency Debevoise & Plimpton.
Drake is anticipated to determine Meyer’s destiny someday this week.
Smith was fired July 23 after a report by the unbiased journalist Brett McMurphy on Facebook stated that Smith’s spouse, Courtney, had requested a safety order towards him and that Smith had additionally been accused of home violence in 2009, when he was an assistant to Meyer on the University of Florida, and in 2015, once they had been each at Ohio State.
Courtney Smith, who’s now divorced from Zach Smith, had stated that Meyer’s spouse, Shelley, had in depth information of the abuse allegations in 2015, McMurphy reported. Courtney Smith’s story was supported by textual content messages, according to the report.
Per week earlier, at a information convention for the Big Ten Conference, Meyer stated that he had identified of the 2009 accusations and that he and his spouse had talked with the Smiths after the police investigation. But when confronted with questions in regards to the 2015 incident throughout the information convention, Meyer stated he had realized of the accusations solely the night time earlier than.
The following week, he retracted that denial, saying in his statement that he had didn’t be “clear, compassionate and, most of all, completely accurate” in his earlier feedback.
Meyer gained two nationwide championships at Florida within the 2000s and one at Ohio State after the 2014 season. He additionally coached at Bowling Green and Utah. His profession teaching report is 177-31, with an 11-Three report in bowl video games.
At Florida, together with the nationwide championships got here a string of gamers entering into bother with the regulation. He left the college in 2010, citing well being causes, however was employed a season later by Ohio State when the group was reeling from a tattoos for money scandal.
He righted the group shortly, going undefeated in his first season, through which the group was ineligible for bowl video games, after which successful the nationwide title in his third. He has not misplaced greater than two video games in any of his six seasons in Columbus. Ohio State’s revival has been mirrored by the rise of the Big Ten, which now rivals the Southeastern Conference as the most effective within the nation.
Meyer is ready to make $7.6 million this season, among the many highest salaries for school soccer coaches, and his contract runs by 2022.
Ohio State has additionally been embroiled in a scandal over intercourse abuse: More than 100 former college students have stated that Richard H. Strauss, a former college worker and group physician, had sexually abused them. Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State whereas Strauss was there and has confronted questions on what he knew. He has denied information of the allegations.
An assistant diving coach has additionally been accused of being concerned in an abusive relationship with a teenage athlete.