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Urban Meyer investigation: Ohio State updates timeline for deciding football coach’s fate

Ohio State fans hoping for an idea of when they will know Urban Meyer’s fate got their answer Sunday night. 

Within 14 days. 

The school announced the formation of an independent working group named Thursday to look into how Meyer, the team’s football coach, handled allegations an assistant coach abused his wife. 

On Sunday night, it revealed who is leading the investigation, how long it is expected to last and who will decide what to do with the results. 

Meyer was placed on leave Wednesday. Two days later, he released a statement saying he followed protocol but admitted mishandling questions from the media about the situation. 

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>>FULL STORY: Meyer breaks silence

“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” said former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, who is charing the working group, in a release. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.” 

Along with Davidson, the group consists of former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and current university trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate. 

Mary Jo White, former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is leading an investigative team. She is a senior chair with the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 

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Sunday night’s announcement also revealed University President Dr. Michael V. Drake, in consultation with the board of trustees, will decide what actions to take based on the findings of the investigation. 

Under the direction of interim coach Ryan Day, Ohio State began practice Friday morning. 

  

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