COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State trustees set a non-public assembly for Wednesday to speak about the way forward for coach City Meyer because the college seeks to shortly transfer previous a scandal that has consumed the soccer program for almost a month.
Meyer has been the topic of an investigation into the dealing with of domestic-abuse allegations in opposition to former assistant coach Zach Smith.
The college stated factfinders briefed the board on Monday. The panel will convene in a public session on Wednesday morning earlier than going behind closed doorways to debate the following steps. President Michael V. Drake could have the ultimate say on whether or not Meyer retains his job or faces different penalties.
“(Monday’s) briefing is to make sure that board members are adequately ready to debate this matter at Wednesday’s assembly,” Ohio State spokeswoman Emily Caldwell stated Monday in an electronic mail.
No timetable was given for closing decision of the matter, which has overshadowed the staff’s preparation for the 2018 season that begins at residence Sept. 1.
The trustees employed an out of doors regulation agency for $500,000 to do the investigation, which took two weeks.
The investigation facilities on what Meyer knew and did about allegations of abuse in opposition to Smith, who was fired July 23 after his spouse sought a protecting order. Smith hasn’t been charged or convicted of abuse, however his ex-wife Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her in opposition to a wall and put his palms round her neck in 2015.
Meyer has stated he dealt with the accusations correctly when he came upon about them, however acknowledged he lied to reporters at first when he stated he hadn’t heard of the incident. Ohio State put Meyer below investigation after Courtney Smith went public, giving a reporter textual content messages and photos she traded with Meyer’s spouse, Shelley Meyer, in 2015.
Drake, the Ohio State president, isn’t within the public highlight, in contrast to his predecessor, Gordon Gee, who prided himself on his popularity as a fast-talking, ubiquitous, and sports-loving Ohio State fanatic.
Drake stunned Ohio State followers in 2014 when he fired the varsity’s marching band director after an investigation uncovered band traditions and rituals that had been racy, raunchy or suggestive.
The band director, Jonathan Waters, stated he had been attempting to vary most of the actions earlier than he was terminated, however Drake stood his floor regardless of intense criticism over the firing. He and the college insisted that Waters managed the band on the time of the probe and was answerable for all of its practices, even people who advanced out of previous traditions.
Related Press author Andrew Welsh-Huggins contributed to this report.
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