The Ohio State investigation into former assistant football coach Zach Smith's alleged domestic abuse continues, and the Buckeyes' self-proclaimed two-week deadline is fast approaching and probably won't be met.
Courtney Smith said Zach Smith took multiple photos of his penis inside the Ohio State coaches' offices, inside the White House when the Buckeyes visited in 2015 and also photographed himself in the coaches' offices receiving oral sex and having sex with a OSU staffer.
On Friday evening, Brett McMurphy, who broke the Zach Smith story a couple weeks back and has been the leading force behind most of the breaking news on this front, shared more alarming details that have emerged concerning Smith and his behavior while coaching at Ohio State. Meyer was asked about the situation at Big Ten Media Days and denied knowing anything of the assault allegations. He also said he followed all proper protocols related to the allegations.
Ohio State's season begins September 1 against Oregon State.
Last month, Zach Smith was sacked from Ohio State after accusations of domestic violence made by his ex-wife were made public.
"What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, etc.", Drake said. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions".
Smith's lawyer, while not disputing that the pictures exist, say that the tie and wedding ring shown in the photos indicate that the rest of what is seen does not belong to the former football coach. Smith has not yet made any public comments on the matter.
"[Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement following his placement on leave.
Drake, along with the board of trustees, will determine what action is needed after hearing the results of the investigation.
Former Ohio Speaker of the House Jo Ann Davidson is serving as the chair of the six-person investigative committee. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance.