Urban Meyer is one of the most successful coaches in college football history. Part of the Ohio State coach’s lore is being able to step in for a legend and pave his own path. He succeeded Steve Spurrier and Jim Tressel along the way to three national titles.
That’s why Meyer is disappointed in the way a couple of coaches handled situations similar to his.
In a story from CBS Sports reporter Dennis Dodd, Meyer rips into Texas’ Tom Herman and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp for what he believes is unnecessary complaining.
Meyer said it drives him “insane” when coaches blame players they inherited from a previous staff.
The coach particularly took issue with Tom Herman at Texas and Will Muschamp, formerly at Florida and now at South Carolina.
Meyer pointed to a statement made Saturday by Herman (his former offensive coordinator at Ohio State) not being able to “sprinkle fairy dust” on the Longhorns team he inherited from Charlie Strong (Meyer’s former defensive coordinator at Florida) following a loss to Maryland.
Meyer also said Muschamp “blamed us for Florida,” referring to a perceived lack of talent left for Muschamp when Meyer departed before the 2011 season.
“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.”
Herman is in his first season replacing Charlie Strong at Texas. In Week 1, the Longhorns lost 51-41 to the Terrapins, while South Carolina defeated NC State 35-28.
Meyer cites his own tenure at Ohio State as an example for how to properly handle a transition.
“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.”
South Carolina visits Missouri on Sept. 9, with the game televised on ESPN2.
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