The NCAA is expected to pile on Ohio State for its alleged wrongdoing under former head coach Jim Tressel. Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith has gotten a jump on it.
The 2006 Heisman winner didn’t sound like he had a lot of school spirit for his alma mater in comments to the Omaha World-Herald. Smith said that there is a darker story to be told about Ohio State football that has yet to come out.
“I want to tell the truth about what I think of my school, but the last time I spoke my mind, I got ripped for it,” Smith said, according to the newspaper.
But his feelings about the Buckeyes and how things work involving big-time college football in Columbus are pretty obvious. Smith spoke of the 2004 incident in which he was suspended for taking cash and the promise of a job from an Ohio State booster, saying that he was just shouldering the blame for others.
“To tell you the truth, it had nothing to do with a $500 thing between myself and a booster,” Smith said to the newspaper. “I took the rap for a lot of people so a lot of people wouldn’t get in trouble. But that story can’t be told unless I want to get back at a lot of people. I’m not that type of guy. Never will.”
Something tells us Smith, a 2007 NFL draft pick and current member of the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks, is going to get prodded to be that type of guy. Troy Smith profile