Jeff Snook, a former Ohio State beat reporter and author of numerous books about college football at large, claims Texas head football coach Tom Herman tipped off Brett McMurphy about the domestic violence allegations against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith. McMurphy’s report led to Zach Smith’s firing and the university placing Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave to investigate his handling of the situation.
“I have confirmed that Texas Coach Tom Herman was the tipster who initiated Brett McMurphy’s reporting, which led to this investigation at Ohio State-details to follow,” Snook wrote on his Facebook page.
Snook, a 1982 graduate of Ohio State, worked as a beat reporter of Ohio State football before moving into books. He has published four books about the Buckeyes, but his writing isn’t exclusively tied to the program. He co-wrote Frank Beamer’s biography; Beamer was a revered coach at Virginia Tech. Snook has also written books about Art Schlichter, and other major football programs, including Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Florida.
As of writing, Snook hasn’t expounded on his claim that Herman was the source for McMurphy’s initial reporting, but it comes just days after Snook authored a lengthy Facebook report of his own, which quoted both Zach Smith’s mother and Courtney Smith’s mother. Both woman supported Zach’s versions of events.
It should be noted that Snook authored a book about Ohio State football, What it Means to Be a Buckeye, and Meyer himself wrote the foreword.
Snook addressed what he perceived as national media questioning his motives for writing a story that painted a different picture of the entire situation. “I know my journalism ethics and fundamentals and I follow them closely. Unless I am writing a column, my opinion doesn’t enter into it – and it didn’t yesterday, either,” Snook wrote on Facebook.
As for Texas head football coach Tom Herman, he worked for Urban Meyer at Ohio State from 2012-2014 as an offensive coordinator and QB coach, helping to lead the team to a national championship in his final year. Herman went on to have two successful years as the head coach at Houston before taking the same position at Texas last year.
Speaking with the media last week, Herman declined to comment about the situation unfolding at Ohio State.
“I really don’t think it would be fair or appropriate, to be honest with you, for me to comment about a situation in another program that happened while I wasn’t there,” Herman said.
A report from journalist and author Jeff Snook alleges Texas head football coach Tom Herman tipped off Brett McMurphy about former wide receiver coach Zach Smith’s abuse allegations. Herman previously worked for Meyer at Ohio State.
A report from journalist and author Jeff Snook alleges Texas head football coach Tom Herman tipped off Brett McMurphy about former wide receiver coach Zach Smith’s abuse allegations. Herman previously worked for Meyer at Ohio State.Thanks for Like and Share