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Unnamed Ohio State assistant at strip club with Zach Smith? Tom Herman

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Former Ohio State assistant Tom Herman was with Zach Smith at a strip club on a recruiting visit, according to sources. (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Unnamed Ohio State assistant at strip club with Zach Smith? Tom Herman

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s independent investigation revealed a potential NCAA violation for a recruiting visit that included a strip club visit for former assistant Zach Smith and a high school coach.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge have confirmed to Lettermen Row that the unnamed Ohio State assistant with Smith was the program’s former offensive coordinator and current Texas coach Tom Herman.

“In May 2014, in connection with an out-of-town recruiting trip to Florida, Zach Smith ran up a significant bill at a local strip club along with another OSU football coach and one or more high school coaches,” according to the findings publicly released on Wednesday by the university. “We have provided the information obtained by the Independent Investigation of this incident to the Office of University Compliance and Integrity and the Athletic Compliance Office to investigate whether this conduct violated the NCAA legislation.”

Ohio State investigative findings

It’s unclear what exactly might have triggered a possible violation of NCAA rules by the former staffers with the Buckeyes or how it could potentially impact Herman. An Ohio State school spokesman was unaware of any details beyond what was included in the six-person, independent panel looking into Smith’s past as part of the investigation into Urban Meyer. Ultimately those results produced a three-game suspension for Meyer, who once teamed up with Herman for some tremendous offensive success on the way to the national championship in 2014.

Smith and Herman worked together on that coaching staff, and an Instagram post from the former wide receivers coach lines up with the dates and details mentioned in the Ohio State report. Herman did not respond to a request for comment from Lettermen Row on Thursday.

Tom Herman was previously linked this month to the Ohio State investigation through accusations that he tipped off reporter Brett McMurphy to details about Zach Smith’s past, which he publicly denied. It was also reported that the Herman family loaned money to Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney.

Lettermen Row will continue to update this story if the subjects decide to comment.

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Robert Tamasy
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Robert Tamasy

As a character in “Alice in Wonderland” said, things keep getting “curiouser and curiouser.”

Brunstar
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Brunstar

What a revealing development.

a3gill
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a3gill

Or is it…? “Given the current climate” (my favorite phrase to come out of all of this), that’ll be up to “media personalities” to decide. Only the closest of people to the situation care about truth. What they do care about is cultivating the “facts” available to further the agenda they had when first hearing that something was going on. In this case, it was determined that the country needed yet another domestic violence PSA. It doesn’t matter that anyone who knows the accuser thinks she’s lying (and, even worse, doesn’t even have anyone willing to lie for her on… Read more »

Buckeye Phan
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Buckeye Phan

The investigation committee brought this to the light of day and now it must be addressed. I am sure there are many things the Mr. and Mrs. Herman wished would just go away.

Thanks for addressing the specifics of what was mentioned last night at the press conference.

Colortv1967
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Colortv1967

If it is a NCAA violation, it will be a major one and would probably uncover other violations. Why were questions not asked about the university paying for this type of behavior?

jbirmmd
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jbirmmd

How would it be an NCAA violation? I’m not trying to troll, just don’t understand. They are adults s and I assume paid with their own money?

Not that I condone going to strip clubs mind you, but isn’t this a wider cultural issue?

As if we don’t know what happens on recruitment visits all over the country either? (*cough, SEC, *cough).

BigBuck
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BigBuck

Sounds like a longhorn fan being rubbed the wrong way. herman was here when we won the national title and he was Zach’s offensive coordinator, there will be more coming out about this.
Go Buckeyes

Dewey
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Dewey

Because the university didnt pay for it. Smith played $600 out of his pocket. It’s in the report.

Winn Shoal
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Winn Shoal

Tom Herman is so smart that he thinks in Latin. He knew he’d enjoy a “Mensa Chorus” performance. (Or 8 or 10 of them)

Rick Berry
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Rick Berry

Get this type of junk fixed
Don’t put these kind of matters on the head football coaches back
Let him do the things that a head football coach is supposed to do
Hire an investigator to do these jobs not the head coach
Let the investigator do his job and the coach do his
COACH

WeefusSee
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WeefusSee

just more dirty football coaches….ho humm, zzzzz…

Flam7
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Flam7

This is not good for Ohio State. We don’t want this getting bigger.

Tim McGee
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Tim McGee

How not good?

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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