Urban Meyer: Buckeyes ‘over-the-top irate’ about allegations Ohio State hid racial incident 


Urban Meyer said Ohio State is considering legal action against a reporter who published a story accusing him and others of covering up a racially charged altercation between an assistant coach and a player last season. 

READ MORE: Ohio State officials, players deny report about racial incident at practice

“My first reaction was like everyone around here: Irate,” Meyer said on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. “Our players were over-the-top irate. They came to see me I mean extremely upset that kind of accusation would be made about something that is absolutely not tolerated and quite honestly the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard in being involved in college athletics.” 

In a story published Tuesday morning by Stadium.com, the father of former Ohio State receiver Trevon Grimes accused then-assistant coach Zach Smith of calling his son the N-word during an altercation at practice in 2017. 

Smith was fired in August after being served with a domestic violence protection order against his ex-wife, and Trevon Grimes transferred to Florida in January. 

The NCAA granted the Florida native Grimes a waiver to play right away because he said his transfer was motivated by a desire to be closer to his mother, Leah, who was diagnosed with cancer. 

The Stadium story implied that story was a cover for the real reason Grimes wanted out at Florida, questioning his mother’s health status in the process. 

“How that became a story, I think they’re trying to say we made up a story about cancer or something — once again, I’ve never heard anything like this before in my life so we’ve got a big game this week and we’ll move on, but certainly looking into legal action,” Meyer said. "I just don’t know how that’s allowed to… I don’t know. I don’t understand the rules and the laws of the land and say that you can just accuse people of something that did not happen.” 


Reader Comments


Next Up in Sports

Boys basketball power rankings: Who are the top teams in the area?
Boys basketball power rankings: Who are the top teams in the area?

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball teams for the area power rankings. 1. Butler (5-0): d. Greenville 75-22, d. Northmont 70-60; hosts Troy on Fri., hosts Sidney on Tue. 2. Springfield (2-2): d. Miamisburg 36-31, lost 73-61 at Upper Arlington; at Centerville on Fri. 3. Sidney (3-1): d. Troy 67-48; hosts Piqua on Fri., at...
Bengals have one more chance to reward what’s left of home crowd
Bengals have one more chance to reward what’s left of home crowd

The Cincinnati Bengals have one more chance to reward home fans for the investment of their time and money, but it might be too late. Cincinnati (5-8) drew its smallest crowd since 2011 during the last game at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 2, and the Bengals host one of the few teams worse than they are Sunday in their home finale against the Oakland...
Ohio State football: All hands on deck as Buckeyes prepare for Rose Bowl
Ohio State football: All hands on deck as Buckeyes prepare for Rose Bowl

Ohio State is playing in the Rose Bowl on January 1.  Who will be playing for Ohio State, though?  That’s become an increasingly necessary question throughout college football as more and more draft-eligible seniors and juniors opt to skip the postseason and get a head start on preparation for the NFL draft.  The trend hit Ohio...
GWOC shakeup: From 20 schools to 8, area’s largest conference in midst of significant changes
GWOC shakeup: From 20 schools to 8, area’s largest conference in midst of significant changes

Having experienced growing pains, Greater Western Ohio Conference membership ultimately decided less is best. The area’s largest high school affiliation with 20 member schools, the GWOC will be down to eight teams beginning in 2020 following Wednesday’s announcement that Trotwood-Madison will be dropped. “It’s been a struggle...
Reds GM on trade for pitcher: ‘This is the first of more to come’
Reds GM on trade for pitcher: ‘This is the first of more to come’

Tanner Roark figured he would be pitching in Washington’s star-studded rotation next year alongside Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newcomer Patrick Corbin. Instead, he found himself part of the majors’ first Tanner-for-Tanner trade, headed to the rebuilding Reds. Cincinnati acquired him for fellow right-hander Tanner...
More Stories