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Urban Meyer's Now-Public Texts Suggest Alabama Tried To Hire Away Zach Smith In 2018

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Friday, Ohio State released over 2,000 texts and emails related to the Zach Smith allegations that rocked the college football world last July. There are a number of interesting bits of information included in the dump - including some Urban Meyer texts about Smith.

Meyer, back in January of 2018, seemed to be upset that so many programs were trying to poach his coaches. He notes that Greg Schiano had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida State and some NFL teams. He also said that Ryan Day, who is the Ohio State coach now, had assistant jobs offered by UCLA and some NFL teams - along with the head coaching job at Mississippi State.

Perhaps the most interesting, however, is that Smith was offered by Nick Saban to come and join Alabama's staff.

Meyer noted that all of the positions would have paid more than Ohio State was willing to pay. He says all but one assistant (Kerry Coombs) decided to stick around because they loved Ohio State.

Some of this is already public - like the Mississippi State offer to Day.

Obviously, none of this is verified. But you can bet that reporters are going to ask Saban if he did in fact offer Smith.

Smith, after domestic violence allegations, was fired by Ohio State ahead of the 2018 season. Meyer was suspended three games for how he handled the situation. He resigned at the end of the season.