When it comes to the current state of his Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer really is in the dark. Or, at least, he’s supposed to be.
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday of last week as questions into his handling of domestic abuse allegations made against a now-former assistant coach surfaced. The university launched an investigation into Meyer’s actions, or lack thereof, and the probe is expected to be completed by mid-August.
Until that probe is completed, an OSU spokesperson confirmed to Bill Landis of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Thursday, Meyer is not permitted to have any type of contact whatsoever with any current Buckeyes football players or members of his coaching staff. That contact ban presumably includes non-coaching football staffers as well.
The Plain Dealer also laid out other parameters of Meyer’s leave:
Additionally, Meyer does not have access to any university-issued communication devices or his school email account.
Meyer is also not permitted on university property, which includes the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the football offices.
The Buckeyes, ranked No. 3 in the preseason coaches’ poll after finishing the 2017 season ranked fifth, will open the 2018 season Sept. 1 against Oregon State in Ohio Stadium. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day is serving as interim head coach in Meyer’s absence.