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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer investigation shifts into high gear

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Zach Smith is expected to meet with investigators soon. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer investigation shifts into high gear

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise! Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more. 


Courtney Smith interviewed by investigators

On Monday, Courtney Smith’s attorney Julia Leveridge announced in a statement that her client met with Ohio State’s group of investigators.

“Today, Courtney Smith met with the investigative team hired by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees,” Leveridge wrote. “She was accompanied by her lawyers and welcomed the opportunity to speak to investigators. Courtney continues to be thankful for the support she has received during this time.”

The investigation is estimated to wrap up in less than a week, making it paramount for those involved to have a productive week if it’s to conclude on time. Zach Smith previously said he expected to meet with investigators on Monday or Tuesday, so he could very well be next up for them.

Zach Smith says Urban Meyer didn’t know about OVI 

The Toledo Blade reported on Monday that Zach Smith was arrested in 2013 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, though the charges were eventually reduced. The big takeaway from that incident, though, is that Smith told ESPN that he never told Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer about the arrest or conviction.

“I handled it on my own without involving OSU,” Smith said through his attorney, Brad Koffel, on Monday afternoon.

How Ohio State is handling Urban Meyer’s absence

Monday’s question of the day was a good one, asking about how the Buckeyes are faring without their head coach at the helm during fall camp. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward tackled that topic, which will only grow in importance as the investigation drags on.

Chris Olave loses black stripe

The sixth black stripe of the Class of 2018 has been removed, with wide receiver Chris Olave earning the honor on Monday. He joins defensive tackles Tommy Togiai and Taron Vincent, linebackers Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell and running back Brian Snead as the scholarship players who have achieved that distinction thus far.

Mirror Lake looks awesome

The new renovations to Mirror Lake on Ohio State’s campus are nearly complete, and it looks amazing. Check out Lettermen Row’s video tour of the lake and its surrounding area!

Counting down

  • Tentative endpoint of Urban Meyer investigation: 5 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 18 days
  • The Game: 102 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.