Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer today fired back hard over accusations that he ignored or covered up an altercation between a former player--wide receiver Trevon Grimes--and former assistant Zach Smith. During that altercation, reporter Brett McMurphy alleges Smith used a racist slur.
- Meyer said McMurphy's story is one of the most preposterous things he's ever read.
- Ohio State was made aware of the report about a week ago, and according to Meyer, in the time since, OSU's administration investigated the claims, interviewing ten people to evaluate their veracity.
- His personal reaction, Meyer said, was that he was irate. His player were "over-the-top irate."
- He was personally offended that McMurphy's piece made a personal attack by insinuating that Trevon Grimes' mother lied about a cancer diagnosis.
- Meyer said "We are considering legal action."
Here is the audio from the Big Ten teleconference. Meyer's comments regarding McMurphy's story start at the 2:24 mark.
On other topics:
- Asked whether he thought Dwayne Haskins would be nervous going back to his home state of Maryland for Saturday's game, Meyer said no, even though Haskins is only making his 11th start. He did believe there would be a lot of pride.
- Meyer also praised Haskins' ability to stand in the pocket and take a hit, which is the sign of a good quarterback.
- Giving his scouting report of Maryland, Meyer said, "This is as talented a team as we've faced all year."