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Ohio State’s loss to Purdue over the weekend may only be the manifestation of much greater problems going on within the Buckeyes’ football program.
Football Scoop’s Scott Roussel reported on Monday that
he continues to hear about supposed friction going on between Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith. He says the friction extends to their respective superiors, and there is also friction within the football program.
Additionally, former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, who is a top college football analyst for ESPN, made note of Meyer’s concerning sideline demeanor on Monday.
“He doesn’t look the way he’s looked since he’s been at Ohio State,” Herbstreit said on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday. “He looks, the word I’ve used is ‘anguished.’ He looks frustrated. Very emotional and erratic.”
Meyer going to a knee during Ohio State’s win over Indiana, which was attributed to ongoing headache issues the head coach has experienced.
Beyond the health issues, Meyer has been embattled ever since Ohio State launched an investigation into his handling of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer was placed on leave, suspended three games, and then allowed to return to his full-time duties as the team’s head coach. The school
seemed to buy Meyer’s lies based on their statement of findings.
One high-profile college football figure predicted in August that
this would be Meyer’s last season as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes reportedly have even discussed a head coach-in-waiting deal with one of their assistants.
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Jeremy Singleton (10) of Houston catches a pass for a touchdown defended by Taris Shenall (19) of Tulane on Nov. 15 in Houston. Houston won 48-17.
Patrick Carr (21) of Houston breaks through a tackle by Thakarius Keyes (26) of Tulane on Nov. 15 in Houston.
Patrick Carr (21) of Houston dives into the end zone for a touchdown defended by De'Andre Williams (48) of Tulane and Roderic Teamer Jr. (2) on Nov. 15 in Houston.
Stanford's Colby Parkinson (84) scores a touchdown against Oregon State's Jeffrey Manning Jr. (15) on Nov. 10 in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal won, 48-17.
Mississippi State's Osirus Mitchell (87) is tackled by Alabama's Patrick Surtain II (2) and Mack Wilson on Nov. 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide won, 24-0.
Florida State's Jacques Patrick (9) gets tackled by Notre Dame's defense in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 10. The Fighting Irish won, 42-13.
Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) reaches across the goal line for a touchdown against Rick Gamboa (32) of the Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 10 in Boulder, Colo. The Cougars won, 31-7.
Deandre Baker (18) of the Georgia Bulldogs gets called for a personal foul against Auburn's Ryan Davis on Nov. 10 in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs won, 27-10.
Darrell Taylor, left, and Bryce Thompson (20) of the Tennessee Volunteers break up a pass intended for Benny Snell Jr. (26) of the Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 10 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers won, 24-7.
Kylin Hill of the Mississippi State Bulldogs dives for a touchdown over Shyheim Carter of the Alabama Crimson Tide but the play was called back because of a penalty Nov. 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Tylan Wallace (2) of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a touchdown pass against Justin Broiles (25) and Tre Norwood (13) of the Oklahoma Sooners on Nov. 10 in Norman, Okla. The Sooners won, 48-47.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger throws a pass against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Nov. 10 in Lubbock, Texas. The Longhorns won, 41-34.
Boston College's Zach Allen, center, helps tackle Clemson's Adam Choice (26) on Nov. 10 in Boston. The Tigers won, 27-7.
LSU Tigers' Nick Brosette (4) scores a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Nov. 10 in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers won, 24-17.
Notre Dame's Alize Mack (86) catches a touchdown pass over A.J. Westbrook of the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 10 in South Bend, IN.
Curtis Bolton (18) and the Oklahoma Sooners tackle Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard (30) on Nov. 10 in Norman, Okla.
Jordan Thompson (99) joins Northwestern Wildcats teammates in singing their fight song after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 14-10 on Nov. 10 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa State's Jamahl Johnson (92) and Mike Rose (23) sack Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer on Nov. 10 in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones won, 28-14.
Ohio State’s Parris Campbell (21) leaps past Michigan State defenders on his way to the end zone Nov. 10 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes won, 26-6.
West Virginia’s Martell Pettaway (32) reaches across the goal line for a touchdown against TCU on Nov. 10 in Morgantown. W.Va. The Mountaineers won, 47-10.
South Carolina’s Jake Bentley (19) gets wrapped up by, from left, Florida’s Jachai Polite, Jeawon Taylor and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on Nov. 10 in Gainesville, Fla. The Gamecocks won, 35-31.
TCU’s quarterback Mike Collins (10) gets tackled for a loss after recovering a fumbled shotgun snap against West Virginia on Nov. 10 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Tennessee’s Marquez Callaway (1) escapes from Kentucky’s Jamin Davis (44) on Nov. 10 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers won, 24-7.
UCF’s Greg McCrae (30) stumbles into the end zone for a touchdown against Navy on Nov. 10 in Orlando, Fla. The Knights won, 35-24.
Michigan’s Karan Higdon (22) celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Cesar Ruiz against Rutgers on Nov. 10 in Piscataway, N.J. The Wolverines won, 42-7.
Boise State's Alexander Mattison, left, dives for a few extra yards on a carry against Fresno State on Nov. 9, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 24-17.
Boise State's A.J. Richardson, left, has the ball knocked out of his hands by Fresno State's Jaron Bryant on Nov. 9.
Syracuse's Jarveon Howard, centre, crosses the goal line for a touchdown against Louisville on Nov. 9 in Syracuse, NY. Syracuse won 54-23.
Wake Forest’s Ja'Cquez Williams (30) along with teammates celebrate after the win over the North Carolina State on Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C. Wake Forest won 27-23.
Wake Forest's Matt Colburn II (22) carries the ball as North Carolina State's Dexter Wright (14) looks to make a tackle on Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C.
C.J. Riley (19) of the North Carolina State stiff-arms Amari Henderson (4) of the Wake Forest on Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C.
Alabama Crimson Tide's Tua Tagovailoa (13) carries for a 44-yard touchdown against the LSU Tigers on Nov. 3, in Baton Rouge, La. Alabama won 29-0.
P.J. Blue (13) of the Louisville Cardinals tackles Tavien Feaster of the Clemson Tigers on Nov. 3, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 77-16.
Kyler Murray of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Nov. 3, in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won 51-46.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Michael Young (87) makes a catch over Northwestern Wildcats' Travis Jack Whillock (7) on Nov. 3, in Evanston, Ill. Notre Dame won 31-21.
Travis Homer (24) of the Miami Hurricanes scores a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils on Nov. 3, in Miami, Fla. Duke won 20-12.
Byron Murphy (1) of the Washington Huskies celebrates against the Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 3, in Seattle, Wash. Washington won 27-23.
Arizona State's Jalen Harvey (43) holds on for a tackle of Utah's Samson Nacua on Nov. 3, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 38-20.
Missouri's Drew Lock (3) looks to pass the ball as Florida Gators' Cece Jefferson (96) rushes on Nov. 3, in Gainesville, Fla. Missouri won 38-17.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson (2) dives for yardage against Penn State in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 3. Michigan won 42-7.
Iowa's Riley Moss (33) defends against a pass intended for Purdue's Terry Wright (9) in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 3. Purdue won 38-36.
Ricky Person Jr. (20) of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after catching a pass for a two-yard touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 3 in Raleigh, N.C. NC State won 47-28.
Georgia Bulldogs' D'Andre Smith (7) stiff arms Kentucky Wildcats' Davonte Robinson (9) on Nov. 3, in Lexington, Ky. Georgia won 34-17.
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier runs in the game-winning two-point conversion with 16 second to go during the game against Texas, on Nov. 3, in Austin, Texas. West Virginia won 42-41.
Purdue placekicker Spencer Evans (13) boots the winning field goal against Iowa in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 3.
Juan Thornhill of the Virginia Cavaliers tackles Qadree Ollison (30) of the Pittsburgh Panthers on Nov. 2, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Pittsburgh won 23-13.
Arizona Wildcats' Devaughn Cooper (7) catches the ball against Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 2 in Tucson, AZ. Arizona won 42-34.
Shawn Poindexter of the Arizona Wildcats catches a 39 yard touchdown past Delrick Abrams Jr. of the Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 2.
Virginia's Joe Reed (2) reaches for a pass as Pittsburgh's Phillipie Motley (32) breaks it up on Nov. 2.
Western Kentucky's D'Andre Ferby (32) is stopped by Middle Tennessee's Malik Manciel (93), Luke Harris, second from right, and Rosheem Collins (96) on Nov. 2, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Tennessee won 29-10.
Temple Owls’ Rob Ritrovato ruins the ball during a game against the UCF Knights on Nov. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
UCF Knights’ Titus Davis, left, sacks Temple Owls’ Anthony Russo on Nov. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The Knights won 52-40.
Clemson Tigers receiver Amari Rodgers (3) runs for a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 27 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Tigers won 59-10.
Notre Dame' running back Dexter Williams leaps into the end zone for a touchdown against Navy on Oct. 27 in San Diego. The Fighting Irish won 44-22.
Northwestern' Bennett Skowronek, right, catches a pass against Wisconsin's Rachad Wildgoose on Oct. 27 in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats won 31-17.
Alton Robinson of the Syracuse Orange celebrates after the win over North Carolina State Wolfpack on Oct. 27 in Syracuse, N.Y. The Orange won 51-41.
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray scrambles against the Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 27 in Norman, Okla. The Sooners won 51-14.
South Florida's Jernard Phillips, bottom, gets tackled by Houston linebacker Derek Parish, left, and other Cougars on Oct. 27 in Houston. The Cougars won 57-36.
Davontavean Martin of the Washington State Cougars catches an 8-yard touchdown pass against the Stanford Cardinal on Oct. 27 in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cougars won 41-38.
John Reid of the Penn State Nittany Lions returns an interception 44 yards to the 3-yard line of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Oct. 27 in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions won 30-24.
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm throws a touchdown pass against the Florida Gators on Oct. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bulldogs won 36-17.
Trayveon Williams, left, of the Texas A&M Aggies runs with the ball against Jeffery Simmons, right, and Mark McLaurin of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Oct. 27 in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs won 28-13.
Kentucky's Lynn Bowden Jr. catches a long pass for a first down against the Missouri Tigers on Oct. 27 in Columbia, Mo. The Wildcats won 15-14.
Washington receiver Andre Baccellia (5) gets upended by California's Ashtyn Davis, right, on Oct. 27 in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears won 12-10.
Zack Moss (2) of the Utah Utes runs past Leni Toailoa, right, of the UCLA Bruins on Oct. 26 in Pasadena, Calif. The Utah Utes won 41-10.
UCF running back Greg McCrae (30) stumbles into the end zone for a touchdown beside teammate Tre Nixon (16) against Navy at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. UCF won, 35-24. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Korab Idrizi, left, of the Boston College Eagles and Trajan Bandy of the Miami Hurricanes dive for an incomplete pass on Oct. 26 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Boston College Eagles won 24-14.
West Virginia Mountaineers' David Sills V (13) catches a pass while defended by Baylor Bears' Kalon Barnes (27) on Oct. 25 in Morgantown, WV. West Virginia won 58-14.
Virginia Tech's Tre Turner (11) misses a catch as Georgia Tech's Lamont Simmons (6) defends in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 25. Georgia Tech defeated Virginia Tech 49-28.
Georgia Southern's Darrell Baker Jr. intercepts a pass intended for Appalachian State's Dominique Heath (4) as Monquavion Brinson, right, also defends on Oct. 25, in Statesboro, Ga. Georgia won 34-14.
Daniel Charles of the East Carolina Pirates makes a tackle on UCF Knights wide receiver Dredrick Snelson (5) on Oct. 20 in Greenville, NC. The UCF Knights won 37-10.
Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, left, can't hold onto a pass in the end zone against Washington State on Oct. 20 in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 34-20.
Dee Anderson of the LSU Tigers is tackled by Johnathan Abram (38) of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Oct. 20 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LSU Tigers won 19-3.
Kevin Mensah (34 ) of the Connecticut Huskies scores a touchdown during a game against the South Florida Bulls on Oct. 20 in Tampa, Florida. The South Florida Bulls won 38-30.
Benny Snell Jr of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Oct. 20 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcats won 14-7.