Urban Meyer took a shot at Pat McAfee in an interview on Wednesday, and the former Colts punter responded with a few zingers.
Meyer is in his first year as a college football TV analyst for FOX. He has added a huge name to their college football coverage and led to success for their “Big Noon” pregame show. FOX is even pulling good ratings despite competing with ESPN’s “GameDay” college football pregame show.
Meyer talked about this success in an interview with Big Ten Network’s Mike Hall, saying it “turns out folks wanna talk about football” and don’t need goofy things.
Just interviewed Urban Meyer. At one point talked about this year doing tv, he says "I had fun – turns out folks wanna talk about football, they don't want to see jumpin' in lakes or goin on rollercoasters"
…I feel I may know what he was alluding to.
The man is competitive.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) December 4, 2019
The jumping into a lake comment was a reference to McAfee, who is an analyst/personality for ESPN’s college football coverage. In November, McAfee jumped into the Brazos River during the pregame show before the Oklahoma-Baylor game.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 16, 2019
McAfee, who is undeniably energetic and funny, saw the tweet and responded. He corrected the facts to say it was a river and not a lake. But the real beauty of his tweet is how he took subtle shots at Meyer.
I know it can be hard to remember things but it was a river not a lake.
My mom as soon as it happened said “When you were in the air, I started having heart complications OUT OF NOWHERE”
She’s been completely fine ever since.. happy for her.
Anyways, thanks 4 watching Coach. https://t.co/7yjDJAlGIP
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 4, 2019
The line about remembering things is a call back to Ohio State’s lame explanation for why Meyer lied to the media about Zach Smith. The heart complications out of nowhere and completely fine since line is an allusion to Meyer leaving Florida because of heart issues only to sign on to coach at Ohio State less than a year later.
Meyer and McAfee have two completely different styles and add different elements to a TV program. Zingers aside, both are excellent on TV.