Kirk Herbstreit offers new opinion on Ohio State, Urban Meyer
When a report from Brett McMurphy was released and indicated that Urban Meyer may have had knowledge about a domestic violence arrest involving ex-assistant coach Zach Smith, Kirk Herbstreit was one of the first people to state that both sides of the story should be heard.
Though the popular college football analyst commented lightly on the situation, he made it clear that he didn’t want to rush to any judgements until he heard both sides.
Now, with Ohio State’s investigation over and Meyer’s punishment levied, Herbstreit had some thoughts on the situation.
Herbstreit made his comments on the “Week 0” version of College GameDay on Saturday, the first weekend of the college football season. He made it clear that he believed Meyer did not handle the situation, especially Wednesday night’s press conference, very well.
“First of all, it’s a stain for Ohio State to have to deal with as an institution,” Herbstreit said. “For Urban Meyer, for everyone involved, it’s been embarrassing. I thought the Wednesday night press conference was almost doubling down as far as how bad it could have gone for Ohio State. I don’t think they handled the press conference well. I don’t think Urban Meyer handled the press conference well.
“When you go through it and you read the report, 23 pages, and I read it five or six different times. The more I go through that and the more I scratch my head and I left more confused. There were a number of times the committee pointed to issues it had with Urban Meyer. On one hand they say, ‘He was truthful and honest with us.’ Then there are times that says within the report, ‘Well he said he brought Courtney Smith and Zach Smith into his office after the ’09 incident.’ Turns out the committee said that, ‘We really don’t believe that he did that.’ There’s another incident in ’15 where they said that he knew about Shelley Meyer and the text exchanges between Shelley and Courtney Smith.
“I don’t know, man. The optics of this for Ohio State, I don’t know if they could be any worse. And that’s after the press conference where they had an opportunity I think to at least address it and talk about it and get it out in the open. And now I think you just have a lot of people that are kind of like, ‘Where are we now?’ I don’t feel like it’s over for me.”
That’s an interesting thought from Herbstreit, who is also an Ohio State alum.
We’ll see if the three-game suspension is the end of the story for Meyer and Ohio State or if anything else comes to light in the coming weeks or months.