Urban Meyer and Tom Herman have feuded a little bit as head coaches at Ohio State and Texas, but nothing ever seemed to be that serious between the former Buckeyes’ co-workers. That changed on Saturday – well, it appeared to change, anyway.
Jeff Snook reported on Saturday that Herman was the man who leaked news of the allegations against now-fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.
Herman, his wife and McMurphy have all since denied these allegations.
Snook, though, reported that Herman was the leak.
Tom Herman’s motive?
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, along with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, in getting Wilson’s commitment. Day has the central Texas area in the Buckeyes’ recruiting system. Smith was fired July 23.
Given that Texas is one of the most pressure-packed and highest-profile jobs in the country, and following a 7-6 season in his first year as Texas coach, Herman needs to secure a recruiting base close to home to turn the Longhorns around.
And there were no bigger stars in his own city than Wilson.
Again, this has all been denied by Herman, his wife and McMurphy.
“It is absolutely untrue. Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State,” Herman said.
Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains under investigation at Ohio State, and it doesn’t seem like anything that was reported on Saturday will have an impact on his future in Columbus. It’s certainly made for an interesting preseason, though.