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The Ohio State investigation into former assistant football coach Zach Smith's alleged domestic abuse continues, and the Buckeyes' self-proclaimed two-week deadline is fast approaching and probably won't be met.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave August 1 in response to a report by Brett McMurphy that alleged the head coach was aware of domestic abuse allegations against then-receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. Ohio State announced the probe would wrap up on Sunday and the findings would be given to the school board of trustees, USA Today reported.

"As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance", the school said. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision. Meyer, who fired Zach Smith in late July, originally said he knew nothing about a 2015 incident between the Smiths.

Acting head coach Ryan Day met with the media for the first time during the Buckeyes' fall camp Friday, which began August 3.

But with this Sunday marking 14 days since Ohio State released that statement, a new timeline has seemingly emerged for the highly pivotal investigation. Courtney Smith, now Zach's ex-wife, told Stadium on August 1 that she believed Meyer was aware of a 2015 claim of abuse against her then-husband.

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In closing, Day said, "I would also like to thank the members of the Ohio State media corps for their patience and understanding".

Courtney Smith said in an interview with college football reporter Brett McMurphy that she believed Meyer and others at Ohio State knew about accusations of domestic abuse in 2015 and did not act on them.

Smith was sacked at the end of July when college football reporter Brett McMurphy brought to light allegations of domestic violence by his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

Julia Leveridge, Courtney Smith's lawyer, told "Good Morning America" on August 13 that her client had spoken to investigators and was "thankful for the support she has received during this time". Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, told Stadium that he had "no idea" about the photos and sex paraphernalia. He will make $7.6 million in 2018.