Hours after CBS Sports published an interview with Urban Meyer on Thursday in which the Ohio State coach criticized his former offensive coordinator Tom Herman for blaming a loss on inherited players, Herman has responded.
The first-year Texas head coach said he and his staff had never disparaged the previous regime or its holdover players.
Here was Tom Herman's post-practice response to the criticism from Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/4CRRMvaoM6
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Here is what Meyer originally said about Herman to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd:
“C’mon man. I don’t know where that came from,” Meyer said to CBS. “It’s like a new generation of excuse. (Herman) said, ‘I can’t rub pixie dust on this thing.’ He got a dose of reality. Maryland just scored 51 points on you.”
“I’ve advised my coaches when they take new positions (to) always be extremely complimentary. Never talk as if those players aren’t your players,” Meyer told reporters. “… When I hear coaches say, ‘These aren’t my guys. Wait ‘til we get some guys in here,’ I cringe. Whose guys do you think they are?”
Meyer had similar criticism for Will Muschamp, the man who succeeded him as coach at Florida and criticized Meyer early in his tenure there.
Herman was Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2012-14 before taking the head coaching job at Houston and then at Texas. The Longhorns lost 51-41 to Maryland last weekend in Herman’s first game.