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Football: Ohio State closes practices until further notice

Urban Meyer watches the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin from the sidelines in the third quarter. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design

Ohio State announced Thursday that it would be closing its practices to the media until further notice.

“The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester,” Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed. We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday.”

Ohio State announced Wednesday that head coach Urban Meyer would be placed on paid administrative leave as the school investigates allegations that he knew about domestic violence cases involving former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.

The media was initially scheduled to attend the first fall practice on August 4 and talk to the coordinators and players. Also, Meyer was anticipated to meet with the media on August 7.

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