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“Let me be very clear. I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

If there’s one thing you can say about Corch and Ohio State, it’s that they’re a good fit for each other.

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Wednesday morning buffet

One thing about August — it gets easier to fill the chafing dishes.

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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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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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Honk if you’re the fan of a Big Ten program with a coach on administrative leave.

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?

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The ultimate negative recruiting move?

If this is true, it may be.

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UPDATE:  Gory details here.

Texas Coach Tom Herman, a former Ohio State assistant coach, tipped sports reporter Brett McMurphy to details of the Zach Smith-Courtney Carano Smith relationship that led to Smith’s firing, Urban Meyer’s paid-administrative leave and the investigation that has currently engulfed the Buckeyes’ program, several sources told me.

Furthermore, Tom and wife Michelle Herman encouraged Courtney Smith to go public with her claims that her ex-husband had physically abused her, sources say.

“They wanted Zach Smith fired,” one source said. “They had some dirt on him and wanted him off of Ohio State’s staff.”

The Hermans have even helped pay for Courtney Smith’s legal fees, two of my sources told me.

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UPDATE #2:  As if there aren’t already enough twists and turns in this story…

You mess with the bull, you get McMurphy.

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UPDATE #3:  Oh, mama.

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UPDATE #4:  All this, on an offseason Saturday.

I’m about to run out of popcorn.

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UPDATE #5:  Tom Herman speaks!

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UPDATE #6:  Aaaaaaaand, Tom Herman’s wife wins the Internets today.

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When you’ve got nothing good to say…

… don’t say anything.

Curious to see if somebody asks Greg McGarity the same question.

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