Urban Meyer‘s suspension cost the since-retired Ohio State head coach somewhere in the neighborhood of $600,000. The probe that led to the suspension, as it turned out, cost the university even more monetarily — not to mention what it did to its reputation nationally.
In mid-August, it was reported that the law firm that was handling the investigation into Meyer, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, had been given a budget of $500,000 by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Thursday, the Associated Press reported, the investigation ended up costing the university $1 million.
The AP writes that “[OSU] spokesman Benjamin Johnson said Thursday the initial $500,000 was preliminary and didn’t reflect the whole anticipated cost.” According to the Columbus Dispatch, “[a] new request for $1 million to Debevoise & Plimpton went before the Controlling Board in December and was approved, Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokesman Dan Tierney said.”