Meyer has been accused of knowing receivers coach Zach Smith abused his wife in 2015 but keeping Smith on staff until he was arrested for violating a protection order in late July.
The addendum to the contract, which Meyer signed in March, is significant because until Jan. 31, 2019, Meyer’s buyout is more than $38 million if he is fired for a reason other than cause.
(It should be pointed out the contract does not require him to be fired even if Meyer is found to have violated it.)
Meyer was put on paid leave Wednesday, two days before the Buckeyes are to begin preseason practice.
The stated reason is to investigate the allegations made by Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, in interviews with national college football reporter Brett McMurphy and the website Stadium that Meyer knew she was being abused but did nothing about it.
Ohio State canceled all media availabilities until further notice but expressed hopes for an update Monday.