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Urban Meyer has refuted a claim made by former Ohio State defensive back Marcus Williamson that the famed college football coach once used a photo of Trayvon Martin to enforce a “no hoodie” rule in team practices. 

Meyer, who was recently fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars after a season filled with issues both on and off the field, told Ohio State reporter Jeff Snook that while the team had a policy of not allowing players to wear hoodies during meetings, he never used an image of Martin like Williamson alleged. 


Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the annual Ohio State Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is wrapped up by Marcus Williamson #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. 
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Williamson posted a series of tweets on New Year’s Day alleging things Meyer told him and the team during his time at Ohio State. Meyer coached the Buckeyes from 2012 to 2018. Williamson retired from football during the 2021 season and wasn’t in California for the Rose Bowl.

In one of the tweets, he accused Meyer of using a photo of Martin in a PowerPoint presentation “to institute our building wide rule of ‘no hoods’ in the building.” 

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 30, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
(Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry defended Meyer in a tweet Sunday saying “Urban was a tough a– coach, but he always invested in us as players and people.” 

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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