Texas Longhorns Head coach Tom Herman before competing against Missouri in the NCAA college football Texas Bowl game, at NRG Stadium Houston Texas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Report: Tom Herman visited Florida strip club with disgraced Ohio State coach in 2014

Posted August 28th, 2018

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Ohio State University officials confirmed Tuesday that Tom Herman was the unnamed assistant coach who accompanied Zach Smith to a strip club while on a recruiting trip in 2014, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Herman, the head coach at Texas, was the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14. High school coaches were also present.

Smith spent $600 of his own funds at the Miami strip club on May 8, 2014, according to Ohio State’s 23-page report issued last week addressing Smith and suspended head coach Urban Meyer. The report said Smith was at the club with “another OSU football coach.”

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According to Ohio State’s report, Meyer became aware of the incident afterward and warned Smith that he could be fired if it happened again. Meyer later inserted a “morality clause” into the coaches’ manual and instructed staff to avoid strip clubs “or venues that would embarrass The Ohio State University.”

Smith was fired in the wake of allegations of domestic violence toward his former ex-wife. Meyer has been suspended three games after the school investigated how he handled allegations about Smith.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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