A new report from Brett McMurphy brings to light further behavior that calls into question the character of Zach Smith, the former Ohio State wide receivers coach who was fired last month.
McMurphy, who has been at the forefront reporting allegations about Smith that led to the coach’s firing and an investigation of Urban Meyer, reported for Stadium that Smith ordered multiple sex toys to Ohio State’s athletic offices. He says Smith ordered more than $2,200 in sex toys to the office in 2015.
McMurphy also reports the following disturbing and unprofessional behavior:
Courtney Smith said Zach Smith took multiple photos of his penis inside the Ohio State coaches’ offices, inside the White House when the Buckeyes visited in 2015 and also photographed himself in the coaches’ offices receiving oral sex and having sex with a OSU staffer.
Between those details and what Smith’s ex-wife Courtney has alleged about his assaults against her, many will wonder what Meyer was doing having him on staff for so long.
Ohio State is investigating what Meyer knew about Smith and when. They have said their investigation will conclude on Sunday.
- Zach Smith
Ohio State’s investigation into the conduct of coach Urban Meyer will conclude on time.
In a new statement issued Friday by the school, it was confirmed that the investigation would finish on Sunday as scheduled. The investigators would then prepare a report of their findings next week, which will then be passed on to the Board of Trustees in a public meeting.
Here's the Ohio State update/announcement: pic.twitter.com/TEm7Sceg3p
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 17, 2018
In other words, it is likely that we will get some clarity on Meyer’s situation within a week, as scheduled. There will be questions as to whether a two-week investigation can be sufficiently thorough, and those questions will be amplified by critics if Meyer is given the all-clear and restored to his position as head coach.
DeMarco Murray is set to join FOX as a college football analyst, according to a report.
Barry Horn reported the news about Murray on Friday, saying the announcement is expected to come soon.
Stream of Ex-Cowboys to the booth never ends. Fox set to announce analyst DeMarco Murray joining a college football booth for the upcoming season. You don’t think he landed the job because of his work with the Eagles or Titans do you?
— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) August 17, 2018
Murray, 30, decided to retire during the offseason. He played seven seasons in the NFL, making three Pro Bowls. He was first-team All-Pro and the AP Offensive Player in the Year after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014. He battled injuries throughout his career and only played two full 16-game seasons.
Murray played his college ball at Oklahoma.
- DeMarco Murray
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is raising expectations ahead of his team’s season-opening tilt against Alabama.
At a Louisville luncheon ahead of the Sept. 1 game against the Crimson Tide, Petrino promised that the Cardinals were going to take out Alabama in the season opener if everyone believes the same way he believes.
When you look at Bobby Petrino's full quote, and consider the context from Media Day when he said he wants his team to believe it can beat Alabama, it feels pretty irresponsible the way his comments have been portrayed on Twitter (shocking, I know). pic.twitter.com/A9Y5DwLQBU
— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) August 17, 2018
It’s quite the lofty proclamation given what the Crimson Tide are expected to be. Petrino may just be trying to rile up his fanbase and get everyone thinking positively, which is what a head coach should be doing. But while stranger things have happened, it’s safe to say Alabama will be favored in this one. They’re unlikely to be impacted by outside forces, either.
Lane Kiffin is probably a bigger troll than any head coach in college football, and LSU fans are his latest target.
In an appearance on “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge this week, Kiffin was asked about a 2014 game when Alabama pulled off an overtime win against LSU at Tiger Stadium. Kiffin, who was an offensive assistant with the Crimson Tide at the time, said a lack of crowd noise made the victory possible.
“It’s because Tiger Stadium wasn’t loud enough,” he said, as transcribed by Matt Moscona of Gridiron Now. “We were able to whistle from the sidelines and audible to the pick play — I mean rub play, not pick play — to score down there in the end zone.”
Alabama tied the game at 13-13 with a field goal at the end of OT and went on to win on a six-yard touchdown pass from Blake Sims to DeAndrew White. As Kiffin remembers it, Alabama was able to change the play because crowd noise wasn’t a factor.
“C’mon Tiger fans. You gotta be a little louder,” he added. “I thought it was supposed to be loud there at night. Night games in Baton Rouge are supposed to be tough or something.”
Kiffin, of course, is now coaching at Florida Atlantic, so he won’t have to worry about interacting with LSU fans in the near future. As Nick Saban could tell you, Kiffin never passes up an opportunity to take a swipe at someone.
One of Oregon’s assistant coaches had extremely high praise for quarterback Justin Herbert.
Ducks wide receivers coach Mike Johnson says that Herbert is throwing passes like an NFL quarterback.
Ducks WR coach Michael Johnson spent 10 years coaching in the NFL and was a QBs coach and OC at that level. Today he complimented Justin Herbert by saying "he's throwing balls the way NFL quarterbacks throw balls. He’s putting them in places you don’t normally get them."
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) August 17, 2018
Johnson was a former quarterback and also coached quarterbacks for a good portion of his career as an offensive coach in the NFL. He knows what NFL-caliber quarterbacks look like, so that’s a strong endorsement.
Herbert will be one of the players to watch this season in college football. The junior has thrown for 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his career. Oregon went 6-2 in games he played last year and 1-4 without him while he recovered from a collarbone injury. There’s a reason he made our list of the top quarterbacks in college football.
- Justin Herbert
BYU assistant coach Ed Lamb responded on Thursday to criticism from Merril Hoge, the father of one of the Cougars’ players.
On Wednesday, Hoge made headlines when he was critical of BYU’s coaches for changing his son, Beau, from a quarterback to a running back. Merril singled out Lamb as being responsible for the “dumb” move.
Lamb seemed uninterested in opening up a beef with Hoge and instead was dismissive, saying he didn’t really want to address Merril’s gripes.
Ed Lamb on Merril Hoge's comments yesterday: I don't want to "really address the parent. It is about Beau. If you want to talk to a passionate dad, talk to my dad. … Dads stick up for their sons, and I understand that. I am a father.” #BYU
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 16, 2018
More from Lamb on the Hoge flap: "My work and my worries are about my relationship with Beau. I feel like that is in a really good spot. And Beau is in a really good spot, so that is what 100 percent of our focus is on right now.”
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 16, 2018
Hoge generated plenty of attention with his comments. His son was even forced to distance himself from his dad’s criticism. Beau, who has switched from quarterback to running back, did not participate in the team’s scrimmage on Thursday, according to reporter Jay Drew.