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Brett McMurphy Reports Urban Meyer “Covered Up” Another Zach Smith Incident

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.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.last_img read more