GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer helped “cover up” another incident involving former Buckeyes’ assistant coach Zach Smith.Smith, who was fired by Ohio State this past summer, allegedly had an incident with former Buckeyes 5-star Trevon Grimes, who transferred out of the program.The report details a practice incident between Smith and Grimes:Trevon told his father he got into an altercation with Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith at practice.LeBron Grimes said his son told him that “Zach got up in his face and called him a ‘bitch ass n – – – – -’ and said, ‘I should have never recruited you.’ And then Trevon said something to Zach about him messing around with college girls.”During that phone call, LeBron told his son he had booked a flight and would be in Columbus in three days. Trevon told him if he didn’t get there the next day he was leaving school.Ohio State has reportedly done an investigation into the allegations. The Buckeyes reportedly admit that an incident took place, but denied the use of the N-word.On Nov. 2, 2018 after Leah Grimes contacted Ohio State, Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith reached out to Stadium. He said the use of the N-word in Ohio State’s program “doesn’t exist. Urban doesn’t allow that.” Later that day, Gene Smith provided a statement: “Since our conversation I have looked into some of your questions. We have found no evidence that there was a physical altercation or racially charged remarks between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes, and to reinforce my earlier comments to you on the phone, racially charged behavior is not accepted or tolerated within our program.”Four days later, through OSU spokesman Jerry Emig, the school now admitted there was an “interaction” between Zach Smith and Grimes. Emig’s statement: “The university initiated a series of interviews over the last four days with players and staff who witnessed the interaction. No one corroborated that there was a physical altercation or that there was racially offensive language used.”Eli Goins, a senior wide receiver at Ohio State last season, said he witnessed the altercation at practice that players had to “break up” but did not hear Smith use the N-word: “Coach Smith might have said something that pissed off Tre about his previous route. He was always known for saying s – – -, you had to have tough skin.“It didn’t get like they were throwing punches, but we did have to break them up,” Goins said. “He curses and uses profanity, but he never took it to that level with me. He knew his boundaries.”Urban Meyer reportedly denied comment for the story.Grimes is now a sophomore wide receiver at Florida. He has 17 catches for 194 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Military Wives Choir has gone up against their former mentor in the Christmas charts, as early figures show they have a lead over Gareth Malone.The famous choir master helped the charity group beat pop group Little Mix in the race to number one five years ago.But now their two singles – the Military Wives’ Home For Christmas and Gareth’s Only You – are competing for the top spot. #HomeForChristmas is number 2 in the classical charts, just behind @realaled! Let’s try and get that number 1 in time for Christmas pic.twitter.com/SZneFwPIAT— MilitaryWives Choirs (@MWChoirs) December 5, 2016 With more than 1,000 wives taking part, the group features 65 choirs who have joined up to release the collection of 12 carols and songs personalised with lyrics reflecting what Christmas means to the military community. The Military Wives’ album of the same name is currently number two in the Classical Album charts, while Mr Malone’s A Great British Christmas album – which was only released on the 2 December – has not yet featured.“It’s going well so far,” said Rosie Dow, the director of Military Wives.“It’s been a steady start and I think it’s well ahead now.“Gareth is our friend and patron so it’s been great fun taking him on. He hasn’t been involved in this campaign or album. But the women think it’s funny we are going up against him. They love him. We hope we beat him – in a fun and friendly way of course.” One member of the group is Beth Calvert, 34, whose husband Chris is tactical submariner and will be away until the spring.“It’s hard having him away,” said Beth. “I have four kids – ranging from 17 to 9 – and they will miss their dad over Christmas. We have no contact whatsoever and have no idea where he is. “I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being away.“We are reminding people that these members of the military can go for months on end with no family contact. For me the choir is a lifesaver because its all wives of submariners – we all understand what each other is going through.”On going up against Gareth Malone, Beth said there had been “a lot of banter” among the ladies but said: “There’s definitely no hard feelings. We didn’t expect to go up against him so it’s all fun and games.” Gareth Malone is aiming for the top spot Only You Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being awayBeth Calvert