— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) November 28, 2016
This weekend, rumors began surfacing that Texas football coach Tom Herman, a former Ohio State offensive coordinator under current Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, may have been the tipster that put college football insider Brett McMurphy onto the possibility that Meyer knew of domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who has since been fired.
“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,” Ohio State insider Jeff Snook wrote in a Facebook post.
“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.”
McMurphy was quick to take to social media to say Herman was not his source.
For those who have asked for my response to Jeff Snook’s claim Saturday: “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.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 11, 2018
Shortly after, Michelle Herman also sent out a message on social media to deny the allegations with a little bit of humor poking fun at the conspiracy theories from Buckeyes fans.
Nope, wasn’t me either! pic.twitter.com/OUjbn5iOJv
— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) August 11, 2018
She also texted Snook writing: “This is BS — we had no reason good enough to do that to Shelley or Urban.”
Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave while the university investigates the claims into his knowledge of Smith’s history of alleged abuse. There seems to be no immediate end in sight so Ohio State could be set to enter the 2018 campaign without their head coach on the sidelines.
The Buckeyes officially kickoff their season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Oregon State.