Ohio State is looking into the circumstances that led to quarterback J.T. Barrett injuring his knee during the warm-up session in the Michigan game.
But the school’s athletic director, Gene Smith, clarified that they are not launching a “full-blown investigation” yet, particularly on the identity of the photographer or cameraman. Barrett had said that a photographer’s camera knocked into his injured knee and aggravated it in the process.
Smith said that they were told by the Big Ten office to submit a report about what happened, which will become a basis to craft new sideline protocols.
“The outcome of it will ultimately be improved operations,” he said. “There’s no attempt to try and find a person. The attempt is to find out what happened, what corrective measures we need to put in place.”
The OSU executive said agreed with the assessment of coach Urban Meyer that there are too many spectators and press people inside the box which put the players at risk.
TMZ Sports actually acquired the video but did not catch the moment when the camera was supposed to have hit Barrett version of events. The clip did show the quarterback obviously limping. In the third quarter, the coach had to shut him down because of the pain. He was helped off the field and listed as day to day.
Meyer could not contain his anger when he faced the press because the “non-football injury” suffered by his star quarterback was totally unnecessary. While the OSU is not keen on the identity of the supposed cameraman, the coach was in no mood to comply.
“I’m going to find out who,” he said. “I’m so angry right now.”
Nevertheless, both Meyer and Barrett don’t believe that it was intentional on the individual’s part to hit the quarterback with his camera.