All eyes in the college football world seem to be focused on Urban Meyer as Ohio State nears the conclusion of a two-week investigation into how the championship football coach handled allegations of domestic violence against Zach Smith, his former assistant coach.
Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes has been unclear since he was placed on administrative leave with pay when that probe began. And though it’s unknown what criteria the university’s six-person investigative group will use to decide Meyer’s fate, the language in his contract gives some insight into the university’s power to sever ties with the three-time national champion.
A USA TODAY Network examination of Big Ten football coaches’ contracts revealed boilerplate language requiring coaches to follow university policies, indirectly subjecting them to the university sexual misconduct policies which are outlined in separate documents. Yet some contracts, like Meyer’s — in addition to that of Illinois coach Lovie Smith and embattled Maryland coach D.J. Durkin — go further by giving specific instructions for how to handle such matters.
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