Jeff Snook, the veteran college football reporter/author who's broken multiple stories on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga, took to Facebook this morning to pen a column on his thoughts about everything that has transpired.
One of this thoughts: ESPN's coverage of the Urban Meyer story needs to be called out.
"ESPN STICKING TO ITS PREMATURE NARRATIVE IN OHIO STATE MESS UNTIL THE BITTER END," Snook's column is titled.
Snook has reported that the mothers of both Zach Smith and Courtney Smith have spoken out in defense of the former Ohio State Buckeyes' assistant coach.
From his report:
(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.
“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”
Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version.
When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”
Snook has called out ESPN for not covering these angles of the story.
"Realize that no evidence to the contrary of any of these characterizations has or will make it to any of ESPN’s various channels. Once the story line is set, it is set in concrete. You almost wonder if someone wearing a suit in Bristol, Conn., released an in-house memo carrying that directive.
And this attitude, which we have seen before, is dangerous. Very dangerous," he writes.
There are many at ESPN who believe Urban Meyer will keep his job. However, Paul Finebaum has called Meyer an "arrogant fraud" on multiple occasions.
"ESPN has avoided pursuing the truth from the beginning, pegging their hopes on one solitary character. They must be praying that Courtney Smith turns out to be credible," Snook writes.
You can view the full column here.