COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Urban Meyer said in his statement released last Friday that he did properly report the domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, but a new look into the Ohio State coach’s contract show that he still could be fired even if that’s true.USA TODAY looked into Meyer’s contract with the Buckeyes and found a couple of clauses that could allow for Ohio State to terminate him, even if he properly reported accusations/an incident involving Smith.From the report:A USA TODAY Sports review of Meyer’s contract found there would be other grounds to fire him for cause even if he did what was required in terms of reporting – if Ohio State has the stomach for it. One provision allows him to be fired for “fraud or dishonesty … in the course of his duties or responsibilities.” When Meyer was asked at Big Ten media day about his knowledge of the 2015 allegations, he lied repeatedly.Another clause allows for his firing if he behaves in a way that reflects “unfavorably upon Ohio State’s reputation and overall primary mission and objectives.” Still another says he can be fired for failing to “perform his duties and personally comport himself at all times in a manner consistent with good sportsmanship and with the high moral, ethical and academic standards of Ohio State and its Department of Athletics.”You can view the full report here.Urban Meyer remains under investigation by Ohio State. The Buckeyes announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to take two weeks.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.The Buckeyes are currently being led by interim coach Ryan Day in Meyer’s absence.
College football insider Brett McMurphy, now an employee of Stadium, appeared on the radio this morning to expound on his Zach Smith report that dropped on Friday evening.The latest report alleged that the former Ohio State assistant coach had thousands of dollars worth of adult toys sent to the Buckeyes’ facility and that he took nude photos while inside the White House, among other things.This morning, McMurphy appeared on Clay Travis’ radio show to discuss his report and why he felt is was relevant.“If you’re an Ohio State fan, you don’t like (the new info) and if you’re not an Ohio State fan, you love it,” McMurphy said, per 247Sports. “The main reason I reported it is because Zach Smith was an employee at Ohio State having sex with a subordinate in the football office. He (took pictures) on a phone he conducts university business on. He was having all the (sex toys) items delivered, not to his personal home, but his place of employment.“This goes toward the lack of credibility this guy has when you factor in (the other stuff). The woman he had sex with was reassigned to another department in the summer of 2015. She was reassigned after what went on, but he remained employed.”Full details of the report can be seen here.McMurphy then detailed some questions he would ask Meyer if he could.“If I could ask Urban Meyer two questions, that would be one of the questions and the other question would be, ‘Why did you lie about this at media days?’” McMurphy said. “Everything I reported about Zach Smith’s past in 2009 and 2015, somebody at Ohio State knew about this information. Or multiple people. Zach Smith is the same person he is today as he was in 2015, 2013 and 2009. Ohio State never had a problem with Zach Smith until the information went public. Ohio State, not only Urban, needs to answer that question.”Ohio State’s investigation into Urban Meyer, meanwhile, was supposed to be wrapped up on Sunday. Stay tuned.