Tom Herman and his wife, Michelle Herman, found themselves at the center of an alleged controversy on Saturday, when longtime reporter Jeff Snook reported that the Texas head coach was the man who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.
"Texas Coach Tom Herman, a former Ohio State assistant coach, tipped sports reporter Brett McMurphy to details of the Zach Smith-Courtney Carano Smith relationship that led to Smith’s firing, Urban Meyer’s paid-administrative leave and the investigation that has currently engulfed the Buckeyes’ program, several sources told me.
Furthermore, Tom's wife Michelle Herman encouraged Courtney Smith to go public with her claims that her ex-husband had physically abused her, sources say," he reported.
These allegations have since been denied by Herman, his wife and McMurphy.
"I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source," McMurphy said.
Herman's wife, Michelle, tweeted the following on Saturday:
Michelle Herman also reportedly sent this message to Jeff Snook:
"This is BS -- we had no reason good enough to do that to Shelley or Urban," she wrote.
Ohio State, meanwhile, is in the middle of its investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' program. It doesn't seem like anything alleged on Saturday will have an affect on the investigation's findings.