Before taking the head coaching job at Houston, and then Texas, Tom Herman was the mastermind behind Urban Meyer’s offense at Ohio State that led the Buckeyes to a magical season that culminated in a national title.
So when Tom Herman made his comment over the weekend along the lines that it was going to take more than “sprinkling some fairy dust” to get things turned around at Texas following their loss to Maryland, Urban shared with CBS that he was a little bothered.
“C’mon man. I don’t know where that came from. 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.”
Keep in mind that Urban knows a thing or two about taking over for coaching legends at successful programs from his time at both Florida (where he came in just a few years removed from the Spurrier era), and then at Ohio State after Luke Fickell filled in for one season following the dismissal of Jim Tressell.
When coaches blame players that were left over from the previous staff, Urban told CBS that it drives him “insane,” adding that if any of his assistant coaches were to say that under his watch, they’d be fired. According to Urban, once a coach accepts the head coaching job, those guys on the roster are now officially their players.
“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. 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?”