A potentially monumental day in Ohio State football history is coming up sometime this week as the school determines the future of head coach Urban Meyer. The big question is when.
The independent working group investigating Meyer’s role in the Zach Smith controversy has now completed its investigation.
Friday, the University confirmed that process would wrap up over the weekend. That has presumably now happened.
Now, the group is preparing a report of its findings to deliver to the school.
That report will just be a statement of facts and evidence. It won’t include any recommendations about what should be done with those findings.
At this point, it’s likely that report is still being finalized.
Once the report is done, Ohio State’s Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the findings.
The board is made up of 20 people, including former Buckeye basketball great Clark Kellogg, Ohio business leaders like Abigail Wexner, Timothy Smucker and Cheryl Krueger, and one undergraduate and one graduate student from OSU.
By law, those meetings are a matter of public record. The Board is required to provide 24 hours’ notice before they convene. As of Monday at noon, they have not yet provided that notice.
You can monitor their website to see when that meeting is actually scheduled. That is the next big benchmark in the process.
While you’ve probably seen lots of speculation and reports about how a decision has already been made, there won’t be a decision before the Board meets. And the Board can’t meet until they provide 24 hours’ notice.
Once the meeting is scheduled and then convened, the Board will go into Executive Session. That means the meeting is only open to members of the board, and not the media or public.
According to the press release sent out by OSU on Friday, the Board will discuss the findings in the report and discuss what should be done.
After that discussion, and what the school calls “appropriate time for consideration” OSU President Michael Drake will announce his decision.
The 24-hour notice rule means that the Board of Trustees meeting can’t happen before sometime late Tuesday. That means the earliest you could possibly hear an announcement on Meyer’s future is Tuesday night.
More likely, it would come sometime on Wednesday or perhaps even Thursday.
The big tipoff will come when the Board of Trustees schedules its meeting. Once that happens, a final decision will likely be just a day or two away.
UPDATE: The executive session has been scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:00 am.
The Ohio State Board of Trustees executive session to discuss the Urban Meyer situation is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. There’s still no clarity on when a final decision will come, but that’s the next step that needs to happen. The investigation ended Sunday.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 20, 2018