Meanwhile, in Columbus, Ohio, D.J. Durkin’s former boss has the soap opera juiced. (Helluvan asylum you’re running these days, Mr. Delany.) This is about as good a summary of current events surrounding Corch as you’ll find.
As she has along the way, Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, on Twitter liked mentions of Herman being named as the source. His second, daughter, Gigi, retweeted stories mentioning Courtney Smith’s alleged claim to take down Ohio State.
Urban Meyer has been understandably silent since his statement on Aug. 3, but his family is making its opinion known.
And none of that matters.
No matter how the story started, Ohio State’s investigation of how Meyer and Gene Smith handled this will determine what happens. On Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Zach Smith will speak with Ohio State’s investigating team on Monday or Tuesday.
Tips start stories. Tips can come from people who want a wrong to be addressed. Or they can come from people who may gain from a story.
I’ll say that several days before McMurphy’s first story on Zach Smith appeared on July 23, a Twitter account tagged several reporters, including me, asking why no one had looked into a 2009 Gainesville, Fla., police report on Smith. I followed the account and planned to look into things, but McMurphy beat me to it. He later said on a podcasthe’d been working on the story for several weeks.
That account and that tweet have been deleted.
So someone knew about Zach Smith’s past. They wanted it known. He was never charged, but it does matter how Ohio State dealt with Smith. Maybe Urban Meyer and Gene Smith did exactly what they should have done.
Ohio State is investigating.
Yeah, but is Ohio State investigating the source of the tip or Urban Meyer?