Ohio State University president Michael V. Drake has sounded off on the latest report by college football insider Brett McMurphy. McMurphy alleged that Urban Meyer covered up an incident involving former wide receivers coach Zach Smith where Smith is alleged to have used a racial slur directed at the player. Ohio State players have vehemently denied the allegation, and now the university is weighing in.
Ohio State investigated the alleged incident and found there was no wrongdoing.
“The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy,” Drake’s statement read. “Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we found no evidence to support these allegations.
“Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student-athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story.”
— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) November 13, 2018
Buckeyes quarterback Tate Martell also weighed in.
“Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen,” Martell wrote.
Urban Meyer has yet to comment on the report, but his daughter did.