Both Tom Herman and Brett McMurphy have denied a report from Jeff Snook alleging Herman was the tipster for McMurphy's reports on Zach Smith and Urban Meyer, which have led to Smith's firing and Meyer's paid administrative leave.
Snook's report alleges Tom and his wife, Michelle Herman, encouraged Courtney Smith to come forward with allegations against her husband with the goal of getting Zach fired after five-star receiver Garrett Wilson chose Ohio State over Texas in late April.
"It is absolutely untrue," Herman told Texas reporter Brian Davis via a spokesman. "Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State.”
“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source,” McMurphy stated on Twitter.
Herman also told Davis that his wife did provide financial assistance to Courtney Smith "during a time of need" in March of 2017, but has not provided any aid since then.