Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith calls report of him interviewing with Texas ‘inaccurate’

As Texas prepares it search for a new athletic director, one possible candidate has already disputed reports of being a candidate.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith issued a statement Thursday saying reports that he had interviewed with Texas were false.

“I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds,” Smith said. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be the athletics director at The Ohio State University. Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate.”

Note that Smith didn’t say he wasn’t interested in the job and wouldn’t interview at another time, he just disputed the reports of interviewing now. And actually, the report by Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls states Texas has plans to interview Smith, not that they've already done it.

Bohls also noted Texas would interview Arizona State’s Steve Patterson and West Virginia’s Oliver Luck.

Luck is considered the favorite to win the job.

Smith has had an embattled career at Ohio State as many were calling for his job following a tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal that saddled the university with NCAA violations. The scandal also cost coach Jim Tressel his job and forced quarterback Terrelle Pryor to drop out and enter the NFL’s supplemental draft.

So, news of Smith staying at Ohio State probably has one fan base cheering the other kicking rocks.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!

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