This isn't the Texas Longhorns facing the Ohio State Buckeyes. Heck, if you believe Tom Herman, this isn't even something that concerns him all that much. Nevertheless, the first-year Texas coach heard what Urban Meyer had to say and, at least to him, this is a shoulder shrug emoji deal.
Before we get to Tom Herman's response to Urban Meyer, let's take a gander at what the latter had to say about coaches making excuses.
“That’s like, when I got here, everybody wanted me to say Jim Tressel left the cupboard bare,” Meyer said. “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 shit out of you, and we’re going to do it right …
“[Blaming players] drives me insane.”
A lot of that was apparently due to Tom Herman discussing the inability to sprinkle pixie dust on his players to make them instantly better.
Anyway, here's the Texas coach's response:
“I don't have time to worry about comments made by somebody else about their program,” Herman said, referring to Meyers' criticism of him, as transcribed by Sports Day. “I'm worried about our program and winning a game. Anybody that's been around me and our staff for the last nine months knows we've never disparaged the previous staff or our current players.”
I like anarchy in my sports. The more pro wrestling in them, the happier I am.