One of Urban Meyer’s former assistants took a high-profile coaching job this offseason. And after Tom Herman fell to Maryland in his debut at Texas, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator said that he and his staff can’t “sprinkle fairy dust” to completely change the Longhorns program in nine months.
This didn’t sit well with Meyer.
The Ohio State coach, who has taken over big-name programs in Columbus and Gainesville, told CBS Sports that it drives him “insane” when coaches blame the rosters they inherit for their struggles.
“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.”
Meyer also went after his successor at Florida. Meyer told CBS Sports that Will Muschamp “blamed us for Florida” as the Gators had a 28-21 mark in his four seasons as head coach.
Meyer went 12-0 in his first season as Ohio State’s head coach, finishing No. 3 in the AP poll without bowl eligibility. He was 9-3 with a win in the Outback Bowl and a No. 12 ranking in the final AP poll during his first season at Florida in 2005.
Meyer initially commented on first-year coaches during his weekly press conference when he was asked about his Saturday opponent. The No. 2 Buckeyes will face No. 5 Oklahoma and first-year coach Lincoln Riley, who took over for Bob Stoops over the summer.
“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?”
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