Eddie George On Ohio State Scandal, If Guilty, Punish Severely

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Although no clear-cut timetable exists for how Ohio State will proceed from here, we do know what the next step - or steps - will likely be.

The independent working group is chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.

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Zach Smith's comments combined with Meyer's statement seemed to exonerate Meyer from a legal standpoint, possibly putting Gene Smith in the investigation's crosshairs.

Writing for Stadium, McMurphy, citing unearthed documents and receipts, revealed Smith ordered thousands of dollars worth of "sex toys, male apparel and photography equipment and had the items delivered to him at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015".

The report will then be shared with trustees in a still-unscheduled executive meeting next week. But if it's an oral report - as was the case in Baylor's sexaul assault scandal - key details from the case could remain private.

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Ohio State president Michael Drake said Thursday on a radio interview that the investigation will "be finished when it's finished". It remains unclear whether he will do it via a release, news conference or any other medium.

Smith was sacked by Ohio State last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public.

That same week, Meyer was asked at Big Ten Media Days about the allegations, and Meyer denied knowing anything about the 2015 incident in which police were called to the Smiths' suburban Columbus, Ohio, home.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave August 1 in response to a report by Brett McMurphy that alleged the head coach was aware of domestic abuse allegations against then-receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. He also said he followed all proper protocols related to the allegations.

Smith was sacked in July after reports surfaced, by independent journalist Brett McMurphy, that Smith's wife, Courtney, had alleged domestic violence against Zach Smith from 2009 through 2015. Whether or not that was the case - and whether it will be enough for Meyer to keep his job - will be determined in the coming days.