(CNSNews.com) - Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer said in a postgame press conference that a cameraman hurt his staring quarterback just before today’s Michigan game and said it’s “an all-out investigation” to determine exactly what happened.
The quarterback, J.T. Barrett, started the game anyway and only left after he came up limping following a play in the third quarter. Ohio State won the game 31-20.
“How does someone on your frickin sideline hurt your quarterback?” Meyer said in a post-game press conference. “I will find out who that was.”
“Well, I am just so upset with myself,” Meyer said. “That was a non-football injury. Too many damn people on the sideline. And a guy with a camera hit him in the knee. I am going to find out who. Think about that. So, I am so angry right now I gotta move on—but, that I let that happen.”
Both Meyers and reporters returned to it, however.
“It was like right after kickoff, or something,” Meyer said later in the briefing. “He’s warming up and then I look over and he’s on the ground.”
“Major college football! Major college football!” Meyer said incredulously.
A reporter asked: “Do you have any idea who, who that person was with.”
Meyer said: It’s an all-out investigation.
During his short press conference, reporters returned repeatedly to what had happened to quarterback J.T. Barrett before the game. Here is a transcript of Meyer’s exchanges with the reporters:
Reporter: Urban, just a logical place to start here, with, you know about J.T., and then can you tell us what was going through your mind with Dwayne going out there to replace him.
Meyer: Well, I am just so upset with myself. That was a non-football injury. Too many damn people on the sideline. And a guy with a camera hit him in the knee. I am going to find out who. Think about that. So, I am so angry right now I gotta move on—but, that I let that happen.
Reporter: What do you think about the way Dwayne responded under pressure there.
Meyer: Yeah, Dwayne, wow. You know, I think J.T. played--They told me right before the opening kickoff and I look on the sideline and he’s down. And I’m like: What happened? And he’s so tough he went out there and played. And obviously we didn’t do very well and then we got going and then tied things up at fourteen. But Dwayne came in and hit that third-and-long pass to Austin Mack and had a couple of great crossing routes. Handled the ball very well. But our offensive line and tailbacks, I thought, really, really did a great job. ...
Reporter: Urban, do you have any idea about J.T.’s status for next week?
Reporter: And with Dwayne, you had some careful throws, but then there was a throw, I think it was to Austin, where that was a challenging throw. Can you describe just your level of confidence in him being--
Meyer: How does someone on your frickin sideline hurt your quarterback? I will find out who that was.
Reporter: Just to clarify: Did it happen early?
Meyer: Right before the game.
Reporter: Before the game.
Meyer: Yeah. Major college football. Major college football.
Reporter: Do you have any idea who, who that person was with.
Meyer: It’s an all-out investigation. ...
Reporter: Coach, you think somebody tried to hurt J.T.? Or they were just in the way?
Meyer: I don’t know. I don’t know.
Reporter: Just to clarify, did you have any belief before the game that J.T. would not be able to go at all?
Meyer: Before the game?
Meyer: No, it was like right after kickoff, or something. He’s warming up and then I look over and he’s on the ground.
Reporter: But then he played.
Meyer: Yeah. We were worried he wasn’t going to be able to.
Reporter: So, what was he able to do to play through that, to stay in as long as he did?
Meyer: Well, he’s the toughest—you know, he’s one of the toughest guys I have ever been around. And it locked up on him before the game. They got it to unlock. And then it locked up at the end. And that’s what happened.
Reporter: I was just going to ask to clarify what the injury was and did that hit when he hit the game re-aggravate it.
Meyer: I just don’t want to—until I know more.