The Ohio State Buckeyes are once again defending embattled head coach Urban Meyer.
It has been reported that Meyer has been part of another cover up involving former assistant coach Zach Smith. This stemming from an incident in 2017 involving former Buckeye wide receiver Trevon Grimes who is now playing college football at the University of Florida.
Ohio State has stated it will “certainly looking into legal action” over the report from Brett McMurphy. Here’s the tweet that started it all.
Multiple sources told @WatchStadium that Urban Meyer helped cover up a racially-charged practice altercation b/w former assistant Zach Smith & former Buckeye Trevon Grimes in 2017. Ohio State admits “interaction” b/w Smith & Grimes, but denies racial slur https://t.co/SErLV2UZeU
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 13, 2018
Unfortunately for Meyer it’s rather difficult to dismiss this allegation due to his history. Since his time at Florida he has never been known for being a disciplinarian. One only has to look at the Brandon Spikes eye gouging incident where he was only suspended for a half of play. Yet due to the backlash and the attention it received from the media at the time it ultimately led to a one game suspension. Numerous playets at Florida got arrested as well. Further proving it was always about winning, not character.
There’s also the investigation that got Meyer suspended for the first three games of the season. Still Ohio State’s president Michael Drake is backing him. He tweeted.
— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) November 13, 2018
Athletic director’s tweet as well.
The accusations made today by Brett McMurphy regarding our coach and the reasons for the transfer of Trevon Grimes are unequivocally false. Urban Meyer embraces diversity and would absolutely never support an environment of racism. It simply isn’t tolerated here…
— gene smith (@OSU_AD) November 13, 2018
Also, getting support from players.
There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense. https://t.co/FRBLucb9WY
— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 13, 2018
Ohio State is still close to the playoff picture at no.10 and are playing better. Still one has to wonder with everything that has happened in 2018 if Meyer will get brought back. There were already reports about his status for 2019, this likely is the icing on the cake.