COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Urban Meyer said in his statement released last Friday that he did properly report the domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, but a new look into the Ohio State coach’s contract show that he still could be fired even if that’s true.USA TODAY looked into Meyer’s contract with the Buckeyes and found a couple of clauses that could allow for Ohio State to terminate him, even if he properly reported accusations/an incident involving Smith.From the report:A USA TODAY Sports review of Meyer’s contract found there would be other grounds to fire him for cause even if he did what was required in terms of reporting – if Ohio State has the stomach for it. One provision allows him to be fired for “fraud or dishonesty … in the course of his duties or responsibilities.” When Meyer was asked at Big Ten media day about his knowledge of the 2015 allegations, he lied repeatedly.Another clause allows for his firing if he behaves in a way that reflects “unfavorably upon Ohio State’s reputation and overall primary mission and objectives.” Still another says he can be fired for failing to “perform his duties and personally comport himself at all times in a manner consistent with good sportsmanship and with the high moral, ethical and academic standards of Ohio State and its Department of Athletics.”You can view the full report here.Urban Meyer remains under investigation by Ohio State. The Buckeyes announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to take two weeks.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.The Buckeyes are currently being led by interim coach Ryan Day in Meyer’s absence.
Milan: An Italian humanitarian group barred from docking in Lampedusa said Friday that it is refusing to bring 54 migrants rescued at sea to Malta because of the distance and psychological conditions of those on board one of its ships. Mediterranea Saving Humans tweeted that its ship was off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. The migrants were rescued from a rubber dinghy Thursday off Libya. The NGO said the decree is illegitimate because it can’t be applied to a ship carrying people rescued at sea, and because Italy can’t ban an Italian-flagged ship from entering its waters. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Malta says it will take the migrants in a deal with Italy to take an equal number already in Malta. The deal, announced by Malta late Thursday, appears aimed at avoiding what would be the 21st stand-off since Italy’s populist government has begun refusing any port access to humanitarian groups rescuing migrants at sea. Italy has insisted that the Libyan coast guard intervene and the migrants be brought back to Libya, which NGOs say is against maritime law since Libya is not a safe harbor, as emphasized by the bombing of a migrant center this week that killed dozens. Italy argues that the presence of the ships encourages smugglers and that Italy has been unfairly stuck with the burden of managing arrivals from northern Africa for the rest of Europe.