Daily Archives: August 13, 2018

Um… Urban, you forgot to mention something.

Hey, Corch, in for a penny, in for a pound, amirite?

Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public, was arrested in 2013 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a charge that was later reduced.

An officer pulled Smith over at 2:43 a.m. Feb. 23, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio, for speeding — 67 in a 50 — on State Rt. 257 at Summit View Road, about three miles south of the Columbus Zoo.

According to the Dublin Police report, which The Blade obtained through a records request, Smith was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Smith refused a breathalyzer test. The arresting officer wrote in his report he “observed Smith’s eyes to be red and glassy. There was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.”

Smith told the officer he was taking his passenger, Kevin Curtis, home from a bar. Smith stated he had not consumed alcohol. When Smith exited the vehicle at the officer’s request, the officer said there was still a strong odor of alcohol. During the field sobriety test, the officer wrote Smith had difficulty keeping his head straight and that an eye test had to be administered multiple times.

In the report, the officer said Smith swayed during the one leg stand test and the officer then informed Smith he knew he had been drinking. Smith then stated he consumed two or three glasses of wine with his wife, Courtney.

Smith posted a $114 bond — 10 percent of $1,140 — and was released to his father, Tim Smith, at 4:20 a.m. Tim Smith declined comment when contacted by The Blade Monday.

That sound you hear is Jeff Snook feverishly digging into how Tom Herman tipped off the Toledo Blade with the story.

There is no mention of the arrest or any of the domestic abuse allegations in Smith’s publicly released personnel file. Ohio State did not immediately reply Monday to a request for comment.

In Smith’s contract, it states, “Coach agrees to represent Ohio State positively in public and private forums and shall not engage in conduct or act in such a manner that reflects adversely on Ohio State or its athletic programs. Coach shall 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.”

In the termination section detailing offenses that would result in being fired for cause, the contract says, “Use or consumption by Coach of alcoholic beverages, drugs, controlled substances, steroids or other chemicals as to impair his ability to perform his duties hereunder; or failure by Coach to fully cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of any drug testing program established by Ohio State for student-athletes, as determined by Ohio State…”

And that sound you hear is someone in the Ohio State athletic office screaming, “oh, shit!”

Bet those investigators are having fun now.

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UPDATE:  Brett’s back!

Now, there’s a surprise.

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UPDATE #2:  Oops!

Certainly adds to Zach’s credibility…

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“If something is wrong, it’ll get out.”

Dan Wolken:

But it wouldn’t necessarily take tragic consequences to expose this kind of behavior if schools weren’t running their football programs like secret societies in the first place.

Maryland, you see, was like most college programs these days. Aside from a few minutes here or there, practices and workouts were closed to all eyeballs other than those who work for the athletic department. Assistant coaches and staffers were generally off-limits to the media, and access to the players was highly managed. If something inappropriate was happening inside the program, it would have been nearly impossible for anyone to observe it.

Over the last several years, coaches have been allowed that leeway to reject the media’s role as a watchdog because they feel — and perhaps rightly so — that it doesn’t benefit them to operate under that kind of scrutiny. And certainly an athletic director, who is technically the boss but might make 20% of the football coach’s salary, is in no position to argue. Nor is there any pressure from the public, which isn’t disposed to cheer on the media generally and has largely dismissed complaints from reporters about access.

But it’s become clear that the secrecy with which these overly powerful coaches are allowed to run their programs has become a burden on the sport, the potential safety of players, their own careers and the schools for whom they profess so much loyalty.

Do you think Rick Court, the Maryland strength coach who allegedly threw weights or objects at players as a motivational tactic, would do that if there were eyeballs on him? Do you think coaches generally would engage in the kind of verbal abuse alleged at Maryland if there were reporters around to ask questions? Do you think players would be as afraid to come forward if locker rooms were open and relationships with reporters were built?

That’s not to suggest more media access would have saved McNair.

It may not have saved McNair, but I’d be willing to bet pretty good money that, if the media had been present at that scrimmage, this time frame would have been shortened.

Fifty.  Seven.  Minutes.

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Scenes from a scrimmage

Sure, it’s edited for highlights.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to watch, though.  Anything in particular catch your eye?

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Now **this** is how you do anonymous

Intrepid Ohio State media dude who “broke” the “Courtney Smith’s mom says her daughter lied about her ex-husband” story (which Brett McMurphy debunked) and then went on to reveal that Tom Herman leaked the Zach Smith story to McMurphy (a claim that’s been denied by both parties) is back with another shocking expose.

“In today’s climate” is doing a lot of work there.  Almost as much as “some people”.

My only regret is that Ohio State isn’t playing Texas this season.  They’d have to deploy the National Guard to keep the crowds under control for that game.

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The 2018 AJC Super 11

All eleven on the list have already committed to college programs.

Georgia has commitments from five of the Super 11. The Bulldogs have signed five or six Super 11 players each of the past four seasons, including six last year.

I don’t need to tell you how many have committed to Georgia Tech, do I?

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Today, in “stick to sports”

I’m sure those of you continually offended by political references in the world of sports will rise up to condemn Chris McDaniel, seeking any attention he can get as he runs for a US Senate seat a second time, who evidently objects to Ole Miss replacing Colonel Reb with a new mascot.

Fergit, hayul!

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Musical palate cleanser, back to the well one more time edition

One last thing from last week’s concert to share is a new Dwight Yoakam tune he trotted out, inspired by the whole late sixties/early seventies country rock scene that burst out of California.  It’s called “Pretty Horses”.

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