Ohio State announced Wednesday that Urban Meyer has been placed on administrative leave after an explosive report from college football insider Brett McMurphy.
The university is investigating McMurphy’s report of domestic violence accusations against former long-time Meyer assistant Zach Smith, and Smith’s ex-wife believes that Meyer knew about the alleged domestic abuse. At Big Ten Media Days, however, Meyer denied any knowledge of the alleged 2015 events.
ESPN College GameDay analyst Rece Davis thinks that Meyer and Ohio State are already negotiating how to end the relationship.
“This is my judgement of the situation, and I don’t have any inside information that would make this absolute fact,” Davis said on ESPN. “But my immediate reaction when I hear he’s placed on administrative leave is that they’re negotiating details of separation. I mean, that’s what you think in Urban and his statement I read a few moments ago. My guess is they’re already negotiating. Do I know that for a fact? No, but typically I think this is the way this is handled. You’re placed on paid administrative leave. That’s usually code for we’re working out how we’re going to end this. Now, that may prove not to be the case.”
It will be interesting to see if Meyer returns to Ohio State, or whether someone else will coach the Buckeyes in 2018.