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The Weekend Recap: August, 10-12

Friday 8/10:

-The University of Maryland placed head coach D.J. Durkin on administrative leave Friday amidst an ESPN report accusing the coach of facilitating a “toxic culture.” Multiple anonymous players and staffers claimed that the head coach was abusive and often humiliated players. This all comes in the wake of the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who recently died after being hospitalized for multiple weeks after suffering a heat stroke during a grueling outdoor summer practice. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as the interim head coach.

Saturday 8/11:

-If you have been following this crazy Urban Meyer saga closely, you would know of Jeff Snook. Snook is a seasoned veteran in the college football media who graduated with a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and has since written many books about OSU football. Shortly after Brett McMurphy posted the initial report on his Facebook page, Snook took to his Facebook page where he alleged that both former OSU receivers coach Zach Smith’s mother and his wife Courtney Smith’s mother both overheard that Courtney Smith (wife of Zach Smith) vowed to take down Zach Smith and Urban Meyer after she discovered Zach Smith cheating on her in 2013. A few days after that Facebook post, Snook dropped another self-described “bombshell” on his page. Snook alleged that the informant that tipped off Brett McMurphy about the tumultuous relationship between Zach and Courtney Smith, which led to the firing and investigation of Urban Meyer, was Texas head coach Tom Herman. Snook claims this beef between Tom Herman and Zach Smith was over five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Wilson, who is the second highest rated receiver in the class of 2019, goes to school in Austin, Texas, but committed to Ohio State this past April.

Brett McMurphy released a tweet shortly after saying “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.”

Tom Herman also released a statement through a university spokesperson saying “It is absolutely untrue. Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State. In March of 2017, my wife assisted her friend Courtney Smith during a time of financial need. We have not provided any financial assistance since then.”

-Former LSU and current Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice tore his ACL Saturday during a preseason game against the New England Patriots. Guice will miss the remainder of his rookie season.

-South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp found himself in controversy after his Saturday morning presser. Muschamp, who employed DJ Durkin in multiple positions under him while at Florida, was asked about the shocking reports recently alleged at the Maryland football program. Muschamp replied,“There’s no credibility in anonymous sources. You know, if that former staff had any guts, why didn’t he put his name on that? I think that’s gutless. And in any business, in any company, and in any football team, especially in August, you can find a disgruntled player that’s probably not playing.” Just imagine the mental gymnastics one has to go through to read that article detailing multiple accounts of abuse and hostility in the wake of a player literally dying at the age of 19 and thinking it’s just some disgruntled player who is angry he isn’t getting playing time.

Sunday 8/12:

-Sunday afternoon the Vols completed their first full scrimmage in Neyland Stadium. Afterwards Jeremy Pruitt talked to this press and had some interesting things to say.

  • The scrimmage was 116 plays and featured first team vs second team and vice-versa, along with third team vs third team.
  • “I saw a lot of guys who were competing, but we were inconsistent on both sides of the ball and had too many undisciplined penalties, but we took care of the ball when we were running the ball.”
  • “With every position I hope I have players whether they play quarterback, defensive tackle, punter or long snapper. I hope their number one goal is to not be the starter at Tennessee. I hope that is not their goal. That is not much of a goal in my opinion. I hope their goal is to be the best player in their position out there.”
  • Pruitt said that so far no quarterback has separated themselves from the rest. All quarterbacks had an opportunity to play on Sunday and Will McBride even got some work with the second team. Pruitt then went on to say that true freshman J.T. Shrout had the best arm of the group, but still has a lot to learn.
  • Despite Jauan Jennings and Chance Hall being cleared to practice, both players were held out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.  

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