McMurphy: Urban Meyer Had To Know

Based on his reporting, Brett McMurphy believes Meyer knew about Zach Smith's domestic-violence issues

Reiter Than You
August 01, 2018 - 3:56 pm

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Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic-abuse allegations levied against former assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer said during Big Ten Media Days, however, that he did not.

In light of McMurphy’s report, there is speculation that Meyer could be fired.

“Based on the evidence I have and what Urban Meyer said, then we would be led to believe that everybody in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center – all of the assistant coaches, all the staff members, all the secretaries, even Zach Smith’s attorney who represented Ohio State’s football players in the 2011 Tattoogate – all of these individuals knew about Zach Smith’s domestic-violence issues except for Urban Meyer,” McMurphy told Bill Reiter, who was filling in as host of The Jim Rome Show. “Based on what Urban Meyer said, that’s what we’re supposed to believe. Every assistant coach’s wife knew that Courtney (Smith) was being abused. Some of Meyer’s staff members have been with him 15, 20 years. So their wives are not going to share that information with their husbands? I find that hard to believe.”

Earlier on Reiter Than You, Brady Quinn implied that McMurphy’s reporting should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt, as it was “well-known” that “those two (Meyer and McMurphy) don’t like each other” – and haven’t since Meyer’s days at Florida.

McMurphy denied that.

“That’s 100 percent inaccurate,” he said. “I live in Tampa, Florida. I really didn’t cover the University of Florida. I wasn’t the University of Florida beat writer. I worked at the Tampa Tribune. I covered USF for a time. I had no issues with Urban Meyer. I don’t know where in the world he got that from. I have no issues with Urban. The only reason I reported this was because this is where the reporting led me. 

“I have no vendetta against Urban Meyer or Ohio State,” McMurphy continued. “If I would have found out this information about my alma mater, Oklahoma State, I would have reported the same information. So that’s 1,000 percent false. I don’t know why he would have say that, but it’s comical, to tell you the truth.”

Meyer is 73-8 with a national championship at Ohio State. The Buckeyes open the season at home against Oregon State on Sept. 1.