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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.


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The above was Texas head coach, and former Ohio State staff member, Tom Herman's response to the Buckeyes' Urban Meyer/Zach Smith situation ten days ago. Well, new information has surfaced that Herman is the one who tipped off reporter Brett McMurphy regarding the alleged assault against Smith...
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UPDATED WITH MICHELLE HERMAN REACTION.....
BY JEFF SNOOK
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.

“They wanted Zach Smith fired,” one source said. “They had some dirt on him and wanted him off of Ohio State’s staff.”

The Hermans even helped pay for Courtney Smith’s legal fees, two of my sources told me.
Reached via instant message Saturday, Michelle Herman answered, "This is BS -- we had no reason good enough to do that to Shelley or Urban."
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 in getting Wilson’s commitment.
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.

Herman was hired by Meyer as the offensive coordinator when he accepted the job in December, 2011, leaving his job in the same position at Iowa State. At the same time, Meyer hired Smith, Earle Bruce’s grandson, as receivers coach.

The two assistants then became very close, but had a falling out after Herman left the Buckeyes following the 2014 national championship season to take the head coaching job at Houston.
“They had a bad falling out and now, they just do not like each other at all,” one source said.
Ironically, they then developed into recruiting competitors, specifically for some of the best football talent in the state of Texas. And when Smith won the last head-to-head battle over Wilson’s future, Herman reacted.

More importantly, Michelle Herman and Courtney Smith remained close as their husbands coached at schools more than 1,200 miles apart.

“Best friends, still,” one source said. “They talk almost every day, even though the Hermans have been gone from Columbus for four years.”

Which led Courtney Smith to trust McMurphy, who spoke often with Herman in July, according to his McMurphy's twitter account. As a sports reporter with extensive experience covering college football, McMurphy has developed a close relationship with the second-year Texas coach, sources say.

Tipped by Herman to the 2009 incident in which Zach Smith was arrested in Gainesville, McMurphy then obtained court records and discovered Smith’s arrest. He then spent three days in Columbus and Powell, Ohio, where the Smiths live. There, he interviewed Courtney Smith and obtained text messages and cell phone pictures from her as she told of being physically abused by her then husband. The Smiths were married in 2008 when Zach Smith was a graduate assistant under Meyer at the University of Florida, and divorced in 2015.

Herman denied knowing any details about the Ohio State investigation, or the details that led up to it, as recently as Aug. 2 when asked at a press conference in Austin.

Told by the university not to comment on anything to do with the investigation, Urban Meyer has remained silent since issuing a statement Aug. 3. However, Shelley Meyer responded to a text message asking for comment Saturday afternoon.

“I really do appreciate you doing your job with integrity and checking on all the points, unlike some others,” Shelley said, via text. “I just can’t comment and I am very sorry. Thank u.”
While Tom Herman is busy coaching the Longhorns during summer camp, Meyer is required to stay away from Ohio State. In his absence, assistant Ryan Day was named interim head coach.
Ohio State has announced the investigation into the issue and Meyer's involvement should be completed by the end of next week.

The Buckeyes open the season Sept. 1 at home against Oregon State. Texas opens its season at Maryland that same day.

If this is true...wow.

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surgicalvenom70 months
Herman had better make Texas work, because if he doesn't, no way he gets another big school gig.
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BowDownToLSU70 months
He name names
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bapple70 months
"source" here and "source" there. When is anyone gonna have some stones and put their name behind their words? That being said, if this is all true, happy he isn't LSU's coach.
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The Mick70 months
Wouldnt that mean Herman had knowledge and said nothing when he was at OSU?
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Placebeaux70 months
So glad we didn't hire this guy.
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SamuelClemens69 months
Amen
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MrBrutus70 months
This is out of hand. This means that Herman ratted himself out, and is the same POS as Meyer who couldn't care less about some lady desperate for help against her known battering husband. To only bring it up over losing a recruit makes Tom Herman the BIGGEST SHITBAG in this entire saga, and ALL of college football!!!! Just when was Tom Herman going to come to aid this scared and beaten woman? No dam wonder he licks on his players.
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MrBrutus70 months
What goes for OSU, must now go for Texas football!!!
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Man, I'm kinda pissed that I wanted this guy to come to LSU now.
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ByUselves70 months
LMAO, and everybody was so butthurt when he didn't come to LSU!
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WithaRebelYell70 months
I don’t like Herman but he got a woman beater fired. He did it for the wrong reasons but shite at least he got it done.
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MrBrutus70 months
Good thing for this lady that Tom Herman lost a recruit to OSU, EH?
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Horsemeat70 months
Time to schedule a home and home to decide this rivalry!
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Skinny70 months
A Goodfellas ending. You're a rat aren't you Mr. Herman?" I dont know nuthin about being a rat. Mr. Herman you know everything about being a rat.
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1970 months
Fuxk with the horns, you get the bull, eh Tom?
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Ebridg370 months
I wonder if whistle blower laws would affect Jeff Snook and whoever HIS source is on this?
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Amazing Moves70 months
I don't think he's gonna be able to kiss his way out of this one.
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CGSC Lobotomy70 months
I see Herman is fully embracing the whiny bitch mentality of t.u.
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Will Munny70 months
Larry, could you just quote a couple sentences instead of the entire article, thanks - management
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LSUbest70 months
The Hermans were OK with their friend getting her arse whooped until Tom lost a recruit to OSU (Smith). Way to take the high road Herman!
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BatonRougeBuckeye70 months
Hey Tom thanks for helping win a National Championship in 2015. Now kindly F8ck off!!
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Placebeaux70 months
He out-recruited me so Im gonna act like a bitch and get him fired and the whole staff fired for shite he did years ago. Should have said something them Tom"no character"Herman. Enjoy going nowhere in the Big12.
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idlewatcher70 months
Total dick move. All over a recruit? Wonder if he was angling for Urban to be replaced....by himself
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