Tom Herman admits to being at strip club with Zach Smith in 2014
The Ohio State saga seems like it may be far from over.
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After Ohio State suspended head coach Urban Meyer for three games due to his alleged knowledge of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s domestic violence history, findings from their internal investigation were released to the public. The results, however, led to more questions than answers.
One of the findings involving Smith included receipts totaling more than $600 to a Florida strip club in 2014. Smith didn’t rack up the bill by himself, he was allegedly with high school football coaches and an unnamed Ohio State assistant coach as well.
Ohio State did not release any names in its findings, but Ohio State media relations confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that current Texas head coach Tom Herman was the assistant coach, then working in Columbus under Meyer, that accompanied Smith at the strip club.
According to Horns247, Herman admitted that he was at the strip club and that his wife knew of the incident when he addressed the media after practice on Thursday.
“What was reported was four-and-a-half years ago when I was an assistant coach,” Herman said. “My wife knew exactly where I was and had no issue with it. I’m happy to cooperate, and be honest, truthful and transparent with the NCAA if they so need me to be. But I understand the responsibility that comes with being the head coach at the University of Texas, and I take that responsibility very, very seriously. Right now, that responsibility includes me being laser-like focused on preparing our team to win a game in less than 48 hours in Washington D.C.”
This is not the first time Herman’s name has been mentioned in the Zach Smith scandal. A report that surfaced several weeks ago claimed that he was the whistleblower who allegedly tipped off Brett McMurphy about Smith’s domestic violence history. Herman denied this was accurate.