Urban Meyer: Blaming players 'a new generation of excuse'
Urban Meyer does not think new coaches should blame a lack of talent on previous regimes.
Meyer was asked about Tom Herman, a former assistant of Meyer’s who is now the head coach at Texas, and his comments following the Longhorns season opening loss to Maryland.
Dennis Dodd with CBS Sports shared Meyer’s comments.
“It’s like a new generation of excuse,” said Meyer. “[Herman] said, ‘I can’t rub pixie dust on this thing.’ He got a dose of reality. Maryland just scored 51 points on you. Players read that.”
Meyer also believes Florida was at a good place when he left the program and Will Muschamp took over.
“You had Jeff Driskel, Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, that whole defense got drafted,” Meyer claimed.
Meyer said he did not blame players when he arrived at OSU because they were his players once he arrived.
“That’s like, when I got here, everybody wanted me to say Jim Tressel left the cupboard bare,” Meyer explained. “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.”
Meyer did go a perfect 12-0 during his first season with the Buckeyes, but the team was ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. He did lead the Buckeyes to a national championship in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Meyer posted a 65-15 record with two national championships during his time with Florida before leaving the program to Muschamp.