By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Saturday Down South, it was Texas Longhorns Head Coach Tom Herman, who allegedly was the whistle blower into the Zach Smith investigation at Ohio State. It’s caused Head Coach Urban Meyer to go on paid administrative leave.
Herman allegedly gave former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy his information. It was his reporting — along with an exclusive interview with Courtney Smith with The Stadium — that broke this investigation wide open.
It is not clear what was Herman’s agenda in this whole situation. He was previously an assistant coach in 2015 under Meyer at Ohio State before becoming the Houston Cougars Head Coach in 2015.
While at Ohio State, Herman was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 through 2014. He worked with Smith, who was fired by Meyer in July.
While McMurphy made the shocking allegations on his own Facebook, longtime Ohio State writer Jeff Snook took to his own Facebook on Saturday to break the news that it was Herman, who was allegedly the whistle blower. When there’s an alleged misconduct within an athletic department — like in this case — reporters give the source or sources anonymity, as they may fear retaliation from those affiliated with the school or its fans.
Snook alleges that it was Herman, along with his wife Michelle, who urged Courtney Carano Smith to go public with her allegations. He also alleges that it was Herman, who has built a close bond with McMurphy, to meet with Carano Smith before she went public with her allegations.
He also alleges that it was Herman and his wife, who have even paid for some of Carano Smith’s legal fees against her estranged husband.
“They wanted Zach Smith fired,” one source said, according to Snook. “They had some dirt on him and wanted him off of Ohio State’s staff.”
Herman was allegedly furious that former five-star recruit Garrett Wilson chose to attend Ohio State over Texas in April. It was Smith, who recruited Wilson at Ohio State and who got his commitment to the school.
Wilson attended Austin’s Lake Travis High School. That high school is just a short distance away from the Longhorns campus.
Snook also alleges that Herman and Meyer had a falling out after he left to become the Cougars Head Coach. Now this grudge may cause Meyer his job at the school.
Meyer is the highest-paid employee in the State of Ohio. His wife Shelley also works at the school. If he’s fired, he may never find another job in college football.
“They had a bad falling out and now they just do not like each other at all,” one source said, according to Snook.
While the two high-profile head coaches do not like each other — and became recruiting enemies — Herman’s wife and Carano Smith are still best friends.
“Best friends, still,” one source said, according to Snook. “Thy talk almost every day, even though the Herman’s have been gone from Columbus for four-years.”
Meyer could be the second Ohio State football coach to lose his job due to a scandal. Jim Tressel — who is presently the president at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio — was the Buckeyes Head Coach from 2001 through 2010, before being forced to resign on May 30th, 2011.
The NCAA during its investigation alleged that Tressel was withholding information. According to a Sports Illustrated story, the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal that took down Tressel began with the 2002 National Championship team. Initially, it was found that five players were involved before Sports Illustrated broke that it was 28 players over time.
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