The Urban Meyer/Zach Smith saga continues to take wild turns. Now, former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, the head coach at Texas, is reportedly a central figure.
Ohio State insider Jeff Snook has reported that Herman is the one who tipped Brett McMurphy off about Smith's alleged domestic abuse issues.
Why would Herman involve himself in the issue, years after he left Columbus? According to Snook, because Smith beat he and his staff out for a key five-star recruit.
From Snook's report, posted to Facebook:
Herman was furious after five-star receiver Garrett Wilson committed to Ohio State in April over Texas, sources say. Wilson played at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High, just miles from the Longhorns’ campus. Zach Smith was the Buckeyes’ primary recruiter in getting Wilson’s commitment.
Herman was hired by Meyer as the offensive coordinator when he accepted the job in December, 2011, along with Smith, Earle Bruce’s grandson, as receivers coach. The two assistants then became very close, but had a falling out after Herman left the Buckeyes following the 2014 national championship season to take the head coaching job at Houston.
“They had a bad falling out and now, they just do not like each other at all,” one source said.
Ironically, they developed into recruiting competitors, specifically for some of the best football talent in the state of Texas. And when Smith won the last head-to-head battle over Wilson’s future, Herman reacted.
In the wake of this latest bombshell report about Tom Herman and Zach Smith, Garrett Wilson reacted via Twitter.
You have to feel for Wilson, who is caught in the middle of something that he is completely not involved in.
Wilson is a five-star 2019 recruit, and the No. 14 player in the class. He committed to the Buckeyes over the Longhorns back in April, a few days after his official visit.
Zach Smith, who was fired a few weeks ago at the start of this saga, and current interim head coach Ryan Day are listed as his primary recruiters, per 247Sports.