Ohio State insider explains exchanges with Michelle Herman
The Ohio State insider who reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman was the source for Brett McMurphy’s report on Zach Smith’s recent arrest has revealed some interesting messages.
On Thursday, Jeff Snook took to Facebook to reveal some of the messages he’s received from Michelle Herman, the wife of the Longhorns’ head coach. He also appeared on a radio show to talk about the exchanges.
Here’s what Snook revealed via Facebook on Thursday in regards to his messages with Michelle Herman:
The Hermans had an ax to grind only with Zach Smith, as far as I can tell, and had to be shocked beyond belief when Meyer’s role became questioned and he was placed on leave. Smith and Herman, once very close from 2012-14, had a bad falling out since Herman left Ohio State. The wives, however, were very close and remain close.
Still, Michelle Herman told me this Tuesday about Courtney Smith via Messenger:
“She never told me she was being abused. She never told anyone she was being abused. Nobody saw any abuse.”
That, in essence, covered her husband’s responsibility toward his Title IX responsibilities while at Ohio State.
She went on to describe her relationship with Courtney Smith:
“We were close. I am not saying we weren’t close. We just weren’t that close while we were there. I wouldn’t call her my best friend, either.”
So why give her a substantial amount of money in 2017 (three years after the Hermans left Columbus)?
“When she needed to borrow money, she was drowning in debt and going to drop out of school. I said ‘that’s a bad idea. Then what will you do?’ I said, ‘Why don’t you let me loan you the money? I mean, it’s not going to hurt us.’ We loan people money all the time. Sometimes, we just give it to them.”
Snook also said that he “demanded” that the Herman’s come clean about tipping off McMurphy on the report involving Smith.
You can find the full Facebook post from Snook here.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is still on paid administrative leave while and independent working group continues to investigate the situation.
The university set a 14-day timetable for the investigation to conclude, meaning it will wrap up sometime this week.