In 2014 Urban Meyer and Tom Herman were a dynamic duo at Ohio State, ultimately winning the inaugural college football playoff championship. Herman, the offensive coordinator, won the Broyles award that year recognizing him as the best assistant coach in college football.
A few years later, Herman is now the head coach of Texas, a fellow college football blue blood.
Herman’s first game at Texas was forgettable to say the least. Texas made several mistakes in the game and lost to a very average Maryland team that made mistakes of their own. It was sloppy football all around. The game was so bad, the post-game presser is what is garnering most of the attention.
“If we all thought we were going to come in and sprinkle some fairy dust on the team and think that we have arrived, we’re wrong,” Herman said in a deflated tone from behind the podium.
To provide some context, Herman went on to say that the only way he’s knows to fix things is to work harder.
Initially not much was made of Herman’s comments. However, Urban Meyer fired shots at his former offensive coordinator on Tuesday. Meyer said
“C’mon man. I don’t know where that came from,” Meyer told CBS Sports. “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.”
“That’s like, when I got here, everybody wanted me to say Jim Tressel left the cupboard bare,” Meyer continued. “If I heard any assistant coach [say that], they’d be gone. You’re done.
“Those are your players. I hear TV guys [say], ‘Wait until they get their own players in there.’ They’re our players. What do you mean ‘their players?’ The minute you sign a contract, they’re your players.
“You didn’t choose me, I chose you. You’re mine, absolutely. I love you, and I’m going to kick the s**t out of you, and we’re going to do it right …
“[Blaming players] drives me insane. Players hear that.”
Of course, Urban Meyer’s comments came up in Tom Herman’s weekly press conference, where he was asked to address the issue.
“I don’t have time to worry about comments made by somebody else about their program,” Herman said.
Herman said his sole focus is on winning a game and that anyone who’s been around the program recognizes the staff’s integrity.
However, things took a turn for the bizarre when Herman’s wife decided to take matters into her own hands, throwing shade at Urban Meyer on Twitter.
— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) September 8, 2017
Oh my, it’s good to have college football back.
Former friends have now become rivals. But what’s it all for? While Meyer might have a point, Herman wouldn’t be the first coach to rip his team after a loss. So why has Meyer taken a sudden interest in the Longhorn program? Well, most likely because he keeps running into them on the recruiting trail in his effort to raid the state of Texas.
Ohio State currently holds the first ranked recruiting class for 2018. Herman’s Texas Longhorns claim the second ranked class. Ohio State and Texas are battling for some key prospects in Texas such as 5-star defensive back Anthony Cook. Could Meyer’s comments be a recruiting ploy? We can’t know for sure, but from recruits we’ve spoken with, Herman’s antics have them thinking twice about Texas.
The Buckeyes and Longhorns have a home and home series scheduled for 2022 and 2023, and we can’t wait.