By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Texas Longhorns Head Football coach Tom Herman has allegedly denied his involvement in causing Zach Smith’s estranged wife to go public with her claims. Smith was the Ohio State wide receivers coach until July when he was fired.
Longtime Ohio State writer John Snook alleges that Herman was the whistle blower on Saturday in a Facebook post. Yet, Herman is calling his report untrue.
Herman said that he, nor his wife, talked to College Football Writer Brett McMurphy, who got Courtney Carano Smith to go public with her allegations against her former husband. McMurphy, who was previously employed by ESPN, also said that Herman was not his source.
“Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State,” Tom Herman said.
Herman admitted that he and his wife have helped Carano Smith with legal assistance in March 2017. However, the Longhorns Head Coach said that he and his wife have not provided anymore assistance to Carano Smith since that time.
Smith — who served as an assistant coach under Urban Meyer since his days as the Florida Gators Head Coach — has a history of abusing Carano Smith. Meyer allegedly did not know of a 2015 domestic violence incident between the two Smith’s but it was later determined that he knew.
Ohio State is presently investigating if Meyer failed to report the incident at the time. Their investigation will reportedly take 14-days, and it may cause Meyer to lose his job.
Ryan Day is serving as the team’s interim head coach while the investigation is going on. Day was the team’s co-offensive coordinator last season and has no prior head coaching experience.
Herman was the Buckeyes offensive coordinator from 2012 through 2014 before becoming the Houston Cougars Head Coach in 2015. Two seasons later, he accepted the Longhorns Head Coaching job in 2017.
Herman and Smith were on Meyer’s coaching staff together for those three seasons.
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