Surprisingly, no one is talking about the man making the decision in the UM case when debating whether or not OSU will fire him. Dr. Michael Drake, OSU president, is a Stanford alum who received his MD from UCSF and was previously the president of UC Irvine. He has no ties to Ohio State and is far more academic focused than his predecessor Gordon Gee. In 2014 he fired the band director, Jon Waters, and then spent a million dollars defending the university in litigation fees. If he spent a million to fire the band director, what is 38 mil to fire Meyer? Also, looking at interviews/body language he particularly receptive to Archie Griffins "welcome to Ohio State you better support athletics" sit down. Link. (9 minute mark is most notable)
Also, a guy like him, Stanford UG/UCSF MD could have higher career goals beyond being president of OSU. Look at ex-Dartmouth president Jim Kim who has a similar profile: Jim Kim has an Md/PhD from Harvard and went on to be president of the world bank. If Drake keeps Meyer those opportunities are gone--zero chance institutions like the NIH/WHO would consider him as a head.
To date he has placed Meyer on administrative leave and Gene Smith on vacation. All of the typical OSU insiders are completely in the dark because the athletic department has been locked out of the investigation. His youtube appearances deal almost exclusively with academics and rarely athletics. Here at 2:40 he talks about integrity, "you have to mean what you say and say what you mean so that people will trust you."
If OSU retains Meyer it would set the university's reputation back 20 years. That is the last thing Michael Drake would want on his watch.