Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State says factfinders investigating coach Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant will deliver a report to university leaders sometime next week.
The school announced Friday that the investigation will wrap up on Sunday as planned, and a report will be delivered to the six-person group appointed by trustees to coordinate the probe.
The report will then be shared with trustees in a still-unscheduled executive meeting next week.
Meyer has been on paid leave since Aug. 1, when Ohio State began investigating the superstar coach’s handling of 2015 abuse allegations leveled by the ex-wife of former receivers coach Zach Smith.
Smith, the grandson of former Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce, was dismissed July 23 after Courtney Smith was granted a domestic-protection order.
Maryland plan neglected
A proposal by former Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson in May 2017 that would have placed the school’s athletic training staff under the supervision of the university’s medical school in Baltimore was never implemented, according to internal university documents.
According to a memo obtained by The Baltimore Sun, Anderson wrote College Park president Wallace D. Loh saying the proposal was “in better alignment with the NCAA’s best practice recommendation for establishing an independent medical care model to manage student-athlete injuries and illnesses.”
Loh’s office responded by asking a series of questions about the plan, which were answered in subsequent emails, records show. But the idea languished and never took effect.
The judgment of the training staff has been called into question in the death of 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair. He died in June, 15 days after suffering heatstroke during a preseason conditioning test. Loh said Tuesday that the school takes “legal and moral responsibility” for “mistakes” in treating McNair.
Colorado expands alcohol sales
Colorado will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades.
The university said that after a four-year trial of limited beer and wine sales through “beer gardens,” the sales will be extended to the concourse areas. The university introduced the same policy at basketball and volleyball games at the CU Events Center last season.
The school will stop alcohol sales at the end of the third quarter.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience. Being able to bring drinks back to the seating areas is a request we have heard for some time,” athletic director Rick George said in a school release.
“We wanted to do this in a phased approach to ensure responsible behavior and safety. We are also seeing many of our peers offer this amenity, so in some ways we are catching up to what’s becoming a more common practice at collegiate sporting events.”