Ohio State coach Urban Meyer can't stand when his fellow coaches blame their players for losses, and it looks like Tom Herman isn't a fan of his fellow coaches commenting on what he says -- or doesn't say -- about his players.
Earlier this week in an interview with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, Urban Meyer Texas' season-opening loss to Maryland. Herman once served as offensive coordinator under Meyer at Ohio State where the two of them won a national title.when coaches blame players on their roster that they inherited from a previous staff. In his comments, Meyer referenced something Tom Herman said after
"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."
When asked about what his former boss said about him, Herman didn't want to get into it.
"I don't have time to worry about comments made by somebody else about their program," Herman said. "I'm worried about our program and winning a game. Anybody that's been around me and our staff for the last 10 months knows we've never disparaged the previous staff or our current players."
Of course, while Tom Herman may not have been willing to comment specifically, his wife, Michelle Herman, sent out a tweet on Thursday night that seemed to be aimed at Urban Meyer.
Now, what was the actual quote that caused this kerfuffle?
"If we all thought that we were going to come in here and in nine months sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we've arrived then we're wrong," is what Herman said during Saturday's postgame press conference.
And you know what? I completely agree with the Herman family here. I don't think anything Herman said was disparaging of his players. Herman took over a Texas team that finished 5-7 last year, and while it is a team with plenty of talent, a 5-7 team is still a 5-7 team. You can't just turn a 5-7 team into a title contender without putting in a lot of work, and that's what Herman was implying in his quote.
Both the coaching staff and the players have work to do if they want to get to where they want to go.
Meyer's a great coach, but he was out of line this time.