The saga at Ohio State, stemming from domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith and the consequent decision for Urban Meyer to go on administrative leave, took a strange turn earlier today, with Tom Herman at the center.
Ohio State insider Jeff Snook reported that Herman, the Meyer's former offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was the source that led Brett McMurphy to look into the domestic violence accusations against Smith in the first place.
In the long report, Snook says that the two former Buckeye assistants had a falling out after Herman left to take the head coaching position at Houston, where he spent two seasons. In April, five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, an Austin native, chose to play for Smith and the Buckeyes over his hometown Longhorns, which Snook said was the breaking point that led to Herman contacting McMurphy.
McMurphy has since tweeted that, while he won't give up a source, it is not Tom Herman.
Moments later, Tom Herman responded to the Jeff Snook report about Brett McMurphy's Zach Smith and Urban Meyer reporting.
Herman also denies having discussed the allegations against Smith with McMurphy. From the Austin American-Statesman:
“It is absolutely untrue,” Herman told the American-Statesman via spokesman. “Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State.”
Snook also reported that Herman and his wife Michelle paid Courtney Smith's legal bills. Herman says that while his family helped Smith financially last year, but has not since.
“In March of 2017, my wife assisted her friend Courtney Smith during a time of financial need,” Herman told the Statesman. “We have not provided any financial assistance since then.”
Michelle Herman has also responded to the litany of reports and rumors, stating that she was also not McMurphy's source. She also used a picture, indicating that those suspicions were basically a conspiracy.
Snook has not yet followed up his report, following the statements from McMurphy and the Hermans.