Zach Smith Addresses New Bombshell Text Message From Brett McMurphy

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Zach Smith did several interviews on Friday, shortly after Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement, saying he was aware of the domestic violence allegations in 2015 and reported them like he was supposed to.Smith said in interviews on Friday that Meyer told him he would be fired “immediately” if he found out that he hit his wife, Courtney Smith.The now-fired Ohio State wide receivers coach claimed in his first public interview since the firing that he never committed domestic violence.“I’ve never committed domestic abuse against her,” Smith told 105.7 The Zone in Columbus.Smith added that their relationship was volatile.“I’ve been purposely quiet since this is all started, because I don’t believe this is the right venue to talk about it. I, by no means, want to come out and throw dirt on Courtney at all. All I can really say is we had a volatile relationship. It was toxic. And by the end of it, it just flat out needed to end.”Shortly after Smith’s interview, college football insider Brett McMurphy dropped this text message from Smith’s ex-wife, which seems to go against what he said.Zach Smith told @1057TheZone he never abused Courtney. Here is text message b/w Zach & Courtney when he admits & apologizes for strangling his wife on Punta Cana trip in March 2015 & again in April pic.twitter.com/GjcjWh6mFT— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 3, 2018Smith has responded to the claims in this message, speaking to ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy.“Asked Zach Smith about this just now,” Murphy tweeted. “He said he does not recall any altercation between him and Courtney Smith in Punta Cana. He said he had not seen the published image of the text but did not believe it was credible.”Asked Zach Smith about this just now. He said he does not recall any altercation between him and Courtney Smith in Punta Cana. He said he had not seen the published image of the text but did not believe it was credible. https://t.co/re4cdsUpYO— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 4, 2018Smith and his ex-wife are set to appear in court in early September. Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State.last_img read more

Tom Herman Responds To Report That He Is Brett McMurphy’s Source In Urban Meyer, Zach Smith Reports

first_imgTom Herman walking into the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The saga at Ohio State, stemming from domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith and the consequent decision for Urban Meyer to go on administrative leave, took a strange turn earlier today, with Tom Herman at the center.Ohio State insider Jeff Snook reported that Herman, the Meyer’s former offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was the source that led Brett McMurphy to look into the domestic violence accusations against Smith in the first place.In the long report, Snook says that the two former Buckeye assistants had a falling out after Herman left to take the head coaching position at Houston, where he spent two seasons. In April, five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, an Austin native, chose to play for Smith and the Buckeyes over his hometown Longhorns, which Snook said was the breaking point that led to Herman contacting McMurphy.McMurphy has since tweeted that, while he won’t give up a source, it is not Tom Herman.Moments later, Tom Herman responded to the Jeff Snook report about Brett McMurphy’s Zach Smith and Urban Meyer reporting.Herman also denies having discussed the allegations against Smith with McMurphy. From the Austin American-Statesman:“It is absolutely untrue,” Herman told the American-Statesman via spokesman. “Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State.”Snook also reported that Herman and his wife Michelle paid Courtney Smith’s legal bills. Herman says that while his family helped Smith financially last year, but has not since. “In March of 2017, my wife assisted her friend Courtney Smith during a time of financial need,” Herman told the Statesman. “We have not provided any financial assistance since then.”Michelle Herman has also responded to the litany of reports and rumors, stating that she was also not McMurphy’s source. She also used a picture, indicating that those suspicions were basically a conspiracy.Nope, wasn’t me either! pic.twitter.com/OUjbn5iOJv— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) August 11, 2018Snook has not yet followed up his report, following the statements from McMurphy and the Hermans.[Austin American-Statesman]last_img read more

ESPN Releases New W-L Predictions For Country’s Top 25 Teams

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With Week 7 in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Alabama: 12.1 –0.8Clemson: 12.2 – 0.7Ohio State: 11.6 – 1.0Georgia: 10.5 – 2.1Penn State: 8.8 – 3.2Michigan: 9.8 – 2.5Oklahoma: 10.4– 2.3Washington: 9.7 – 2.9Notre Dame: 11.0– 1.0LSU: 9.2 – 2.8Florida: 9.6 – 2.6Mississippi State: 7.7 – 4.3Iowa: 9.3 – 3.0Texas A&M: 8.0 – 4.0Miami (Fla.): 8.4 – 3.9Wisconsin: 8.3 – 4.2Utah: 8.5 – 3.9Texas: 9.4 – 3.3Michigan State:  7.7 – 4.3West Virginia: 7.9 – 3.4Auburn: 6.4 – 5.6Stanford: 7.9 – 4.2Texas Tech: 7.7 – 4.5Duke: 8.8 – 3.3NC State: 9.9 – 2.1Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.ESPN’s full FPI can be found here.last_img read more

The Week 11 AP Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 10 of the college football season is in the books. The latest Associated Press Top 25 poll was just released.UCF dropped out of the top 10 after a close win over Temple, with LSU also falling several spots after its 29-0 loss to Alabama.Meanwhile, West Virginia, Utah State, Syracuse and Boston College made major jumps.Here is the full Top 25:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaWest VirginiaOhio StateLSUWashington StateUCFKentuckySyracuseUtah StateTexasFresno StateBoston CollegeMississippi StateFloridaWashingtonPenn StateNC StateIowa StateMichigan StateCincinnatiThe new Coaches Poll was unveiled earlier today. You can find it here.The updated College Football Playoff rankings will come out on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Has Already Guaranteed 1 Team A Playoff Spot – It’s Not Alabama

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium during the day from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)As every week passes in the college football season, the playoff picture gains clarity. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Alabama will have the chance to defend its title, Joel Klatt believes there is another team that is basically a guarantee.The Clemson Tigers are finding their groove lately, dismantling NC State, Florida State and Louisville over the past three weeks. Regardless of all the struggles early in the season, there is a strong chance they make the College Football Playoff.If Klatt’s words are true, then Clemson fans should book their ticket to the playoff.In a spirited rant about the landscape of the ACC, the college football analyst made an interesting argument in favor of the Tigers.Dabo Swinney is no stranger to making the playoff, which would give them an edge over the majority of the competition.Next weekend, Clemson will face Boston College on the road. There is a strong chance that will be the final test of the season for them.With three games remaining on the schedule, the Tigers are inching closer to the national championship.last_img read more

Iowa Adds RB With Over 2,000 Yards To Recruiting Class

first_imgIowa Hawkeye fans celebrating during a football game.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 5: Iowa Hawkeyes fans look on during the game against the at Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 24-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes are continuing to build a very strong Class of 2020. Their latest addition is a running back capable of carrying a heavy workload.On Thursday, three-star running back Leshon Williams announced that he would be committing to Iowa. The announcement comes only a day after he announced that the Hawkeyes had given him a scholarship offer.247Sports rates Williams as the No. 985 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 66 running back prospect in the country, and the No. 14 prospect from the state of Illinois.Williams rushed for 2,115 yards and 24 touchdowns at Richards High School last season. IS IT REALLY A SURPRISE….💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/a17NvzUqHW— LESHON WILLIAMS 4️⃣ (@LboogieG) May 16, 2019Williams marks the tenth player Iowa has gotten a commitment from in the Class of 2020, tying them with Penn State and Northwestern for the most in the Big Ten.247Sports currently ranks Iowa as the No. 15 overall recruiting class in the country, and No. 3 in their conference.Williams is one of two running backs set to join the Hawkeyes in 2020, with Iowa-native Gavin Williams giving his commitment earlier this year.Both players may have to wait a while to see the field though. Incumbent starters Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young still have two more years left to play.last_img read more

Louisville Cheerleader Reacts To Going Viral During Notre Dame Game

first_img Ian Book just NAILED a Louisville cheerleader trying to throw the ball out of bounds. Mercy pic.twitter.com/tVySxlw6Vi— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) September 3, 2019The cheerleader seems to be in good spirits, at least.Thank u Ian book https://t.co/FXgPtgQOpp— Liz (@Elizabethsc0tt) September 3, 2019My broken nose is twitter trending huh— Liz (@Elizabethsc0tt) September 3, 2019At least you went viral…Book, meanwhile, finished the night 14 of 23 for 193 yards and one touchdown. The Fighting Irish (1-0) are off this weekend before hosting New Mexico on Sept. 14. Louisville cheerleaders pose during a game against Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 01: Louisville Cardinals cheerleaders perform prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)A Louisville Cardinals cheerleader might have taken the toughest hit during college football’s opening weekend.The cheerleader took an errant pass from Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book to the face during Monday night’s game on ESPN.Book’s pass sailed into the sideline and drilled the cheerleader in the nose.The cheerleader claims her nose is now broken.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs Australia

first_imgRohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs AustraliaAustralia tour of India 2019: The Indian selection committee may also hand recalls to KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, keeping in mind the backup opener slot for the Cricket World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 14:47 IST Australia tour of India 2019: Rohit Sharma is likely to be rested for the upcoming limited-over series, starting February 24 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma led India in the absence of Virat Kohli in New ZealandThe selectors will also take a call on the availability of Kuldeep and ChahalIndia will face Australia in a two-match T20I series and five-match ODI seriesOnly seven international matches remain ahead of the World Cup as India enter the last leg of preparations in the upcoming limited-over series against a visiting Australian team.India are set to play the reigning world champions in five ODIs, which will be preceded by a two-match T20I series, starting February 24. The squad for the series will be picked by MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee on Friday, February 15.As it turns out, India are likely to rest Rohit Sharma for at least a part of the upcoming series to give him a much-needed break after the tours of Australia and New Zealand. In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit had led the team in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was rested for the second half of India’s 4-1 win in the ODI series and the subsequent T20I series. Kohli is likely to return for the upcoming assignment.The selection committee and team management are on the same page when it comes to workload management. Recently, head coach Ravi Shastri had hinted that he will be monitoring the workload of players even during the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the limited-over series in Australia and New Zealand, is likely to return to the squad while the selection committee, head by MSK Prasad, will take a call on the availability of wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Meanwhile, it is also expected that out-of-favour India batsmen, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane may get another chance to impress the selectors. India, it seems, are keen on taking a backup opener for the World Cup to England and one of Rahul and Rahane may get a ticket, considering their performances in the upcoming series and the IPL.advertisementAt the same time, India will be wary not to give Australia, the defending champions, any kind of momentum going into the World Cup, a BCCI source told IANS.”… it is also important to note that the Indians would want to keep the foot on the pedal and ensure that they don’t give the Australians any momentum going into the World Cup. A good series against India would mean a confidence booster for the team. So, there has to be a balance so that the composition of the team is not affected.”Meanwhile, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had opined India can afford to rest some of their senior players and give a chance to youngsters of the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Priyank Panchal.”I don’t think you need to put the best 11-13 players in play because they had a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand. If they are asked to play in India, it might be too much for their body and then there is IPL also. So it will be good if the senior players can be rested as much as possible,” Harbhajan told India Today.”Don’t think only about the World Cup but there has to be cricket after that too and a look should be given to people who will play after that and those should be looked at. Some senior players should be rested and some young players should get the opportunity in the India vs Australia series and it should be a mix-and-match”Also Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane WarneAlso Read | BCCI-CoA spat over India A batting coach, conflict of interest out in the openAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow KL RahulFollow Ajinkya Rahanelast_img read more

It’s a fine line when you bowl to Andre Russell: Kings XI Punjab coach Hesson

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 10:53 IST IPL 2019, KKR vs KXIP: Andre Russell scored 48 and picked two wickets in KKR’s victory. (@IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell played a starring role in KKR’s win over KXIPMike Hesson said they had plans for Russell but one moment changed the gameHesson said he was pleased with Varun Chakravarthy’s performanceAndre Russell was the star for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens once again as the home team beat Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs to go top of the Indian Premier League table on Wednesday. Russell smashed 48 off 17 deliveries and then picked the crucial wickets of Chris Gayle (20) and Sarfaraz Khan (13) to lead KKR to victory.During KKR’s batting innings, Russell was even given a reprieve when Mohammed Shami got him out for only 3 runs. Shami’s wicket delivery was declared a no-ball as there were only three KXIP fielders inside the circle, when there are supposed to be four.That second chance was all Russell needed as he unleashed his prowess, smacked the ball all around to get KKR to a huge total.KXIP coach Mike Hesson admitted that the game changed in that moment and while bowling to Russell, there’s a fine line and if you err in that, you will be punished.IPL 2019, KKR vs KXIP: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”I think the game changed in the 17th over. We had a plan to Russell which we executed well and obviously we weren’t quite alert in the field and the game changed and it’s a fine line when you bowl to Andre Russell. He’s a game changer and obviously we had a little bit jubilation when we got the things right but things changed pretty quickly,” Hesson said at the press conference.Hesson rejected the notion that KXIP are a top-heavy batting unit and that if the top three fail, they struggle to get going.advertisement”For the previous years you could say so [that KXIP is top-heavy] but not now. First two games, we’ve got runs from the top 6. Mayank, Sarfaraz got runs in the last game, Mandeep has played a couple of cameos and obviously David has come in and played a role. I think that statement is not true for the current team,” Hesson said.Hesson spoke about the changes in the KXIP line-up and the logic behind giving the new ball to debutant Varun Chakravarthy. Varun bowled the first over of the match for KXIP and was smashed by Sunil Narine for 25 runs.Hesson said their plan was for Varun to take on Chris Lynn but with Narine coming in, he was taken to the cleaners. However, Hesson said he was very happy with the way Varun came back after that first over.”It wasn’t so much about Narine. Lynn was on strike at the start of that over and that was a match-up we were looking for. But then Narine came on strike and was able to take it all. But Varun, it’s his first game and he’s nervous like anyone who has played his first game. I thought the way he came back in the second and third over was excellent and that will give him and us a lot of confidence.”When you are playing your first game in front of a crowd like this, it’s difficult and Narine obviously is gonna hit from ball one. If he would have got a few deliveries up front against Lynn, he would have settled quicker but I was very pleased with the way he came back.”Hesson said that KXIP don’t regret the line-up changes they made and that as a team they are going to be adapting to different conditions.”Nicholas Pooran got injured so that was a change straight-up and then David Miller is a very important player for us. We felt on that surface someone who was able to bowl back of a length like Hardus was the way to go and Hardus bowled really nicely. These were the two big changes and then Andrew Tye coming in, we had to make the decision of our overseas players which is why Varun came in instead of Mujeeb.”We have got to adapt to different conditions and the other things is if we want to go to the back end of the IPL, we are going to have to use our squad well so we’re not gonna go unchanged, we will adapt to different conditions.”Hesson was even questioned if the mankad incident impacted the team and how much time did it take for the unit to focus on the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.”We turned our focus pretty quickly in terms of coming to KKR. We had a pretty quick turnaround and we had meetings obviously about playing KKR. So yes focussed changed quickly.”Also Read | Thank you new guy: Andre Russell thanks KXIP debutant after reprieve in KKR’s winAlso Read | Andre Russell hits 5 sixes, 3 fours after KXIP make costly mistakeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Andre RussellFollow Varun ChakravarthyFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow KKR vs KXIP It’s a fine line when you bowl to Andre Russell: Kings XI Punjab coach HessonIPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson said they had initially executed their plans against Andre Russell but one moment changed the complexion of the match and the all-rounder took the game away.advertisementlast_img read more