If you want to know what Tom Herman has done wrong at Texas this year, Urban Meyer may not be the best person to ask. The two coaches have a complicated history with one another, and that could be why Meyer had no problem criticizing his former assistant on national television Friday.
During FOX’s pregame coverage of the Texas Tech-Texas game, Meyer and his colleagues discussed what has gone wrong for the 6-5 Longhorns this season. Meyer pointed out how they have done an excellent job recruiting in recent years but not been able to develop those recruits into NFL players. While he may not have come out and said it, he was clearly criticizing Herman.
“It’s not just recruiting, but recruiting and player development,” Meyer said. “When you talk about an evaluation period — when you see injuries and you see non-development of players as NFL guys, why is that? Is it assistant coaches? Is it the weight room? Is it the nutrition program? You can’t just put this on players. You’ve gotta say, ‘What’s going on when they get there?'”
Meyer noted how Alabama has had 46 players drafted since 2015 and Ohio State (his former team) has had 40. Despite having one of the top recruiting classes in the nation every year, Texas has only had 13 players drafted during that span. That could be Meyer’s way of telling Herman, “Look how much better I am than you.”
It’s possible Meyer was just doing his job as an analyst and calling it like he sees it, but many believe he couldn’t wait to rip Herman. Why? Herman was a coach under Meyer at Ohio State from 2012-2014 before he left to take the Houston head coaching job, and there was a report that he was the one who leaked the story about Meyer covering up domestic violence allegations against a member of his staff. Herman denied it and said neither he nor his wife had anything to do with it.
What Meyer said was accurate, but it would not be a surprise if he took pleasure in saying it.
The Texas Longhorns are stumbling to the finish line this season after entering the year with College Football Playoff aspirations, and head coach Tom Herman may not wait much longer to start making coaching staff changes.
Texas is looking to close out the regular season with a win over rival Texas Tech on Friday, and Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com reports that Herman could make changes to his staff after that game even if the Longhorns win.
Texas has lost four of its past six games after beginning the season on a 4-1 run that included a near-victory against LSU, and the Tigers are currently the top-ranked team in the nation. The Longhorns also lost by only one score to No. 7-ranked Oklahoma, but they have since had bad losses to TCU and Iowa State. They also managed only 10 points in a 24-10 loss against Baylor last weekend.
Bryan Carrington is currently the director of recruiting for Texas, and Richardson’s report says he could be promoted to a coaching role so he can begin hitting the recruiting trail immediately.
Herman’s third season as the head coach at Texas has been his most disappointing, even if he has still shown some incredible enthusiasm in recent weeks. The Longhorns went 10-4 last year and won the Sugar Bowl, finishing ranked No. 9 in the nation. With their starting quarterback returning in Sam Ehlinger, no one expected Texas to be flirting with a .500 record this year.
The Texas Longhorns have now lost three games, and the third was the worst yet. The Longhorns lost to TCU on Saturday, giving up 37 points in the process.
That comes a week after Texas narrowly survived against Kansas, giving up 48 points to the unranked Jayhawks. Coach Tom Herman didn’t mince words about the team’s recent defensive performance, admitting that the Longhorns are simply “not good” right now.
Texas has given up 31.5 points per game this season. The Longhorns still have two away games against ranked opponents to go this season, so it doesn’t exactly get a lot easier. It doesn’t help that they’ve been plagued by undisciplined play, either. It needs to get sorted out if the Longhorns don’t want to lose four or five games this season.
The rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas is one of the best in college football, and there is no love lost between supporters of the two programs. One way Sooners fans showcase that is by using the controversial “Horns Down” symbol, but the school is taking steps to discourage that this year.
Members of Oklahoma’s spirit squad, which encompasses the cheerleading team and mascots program, have been told not to flash the Horns Down sign at any athletic events or on their social media accounts, several current and former students told George Stoia of The OU Daily. The students said they have been told on several occasions — including at a meeting with OU Spirit Coordinator Phil O’Neill last year — that they are not permitted to use the symbol. Spirit squad members who have used Horns Down on social media have been told to remove the posts.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said the policy is not a new one, but sources told The Daily that students were not warned against using Horns Down prior to the 2017-2018 season. A West Virginia player was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for flashing the symbol last season, and the Big 12 has since said that players could face similar consequences going forward depending on the circumstances.
We know one prominent former Oklahoma star who thinks the rules against Horns Down are absurd, but apparently the school agrees with them.
We have officially hit a new ridiculous level in the Texas-LSU air conditioning saga.
Brian Davis, a reporter with the Austin American-Statesman, conducted an open records request to see the locker room temperature at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the Longhorns-Tigers game. Davis received a spreadsheet that he says shows the temperatures range from 69.7 to 72.7 degrees throughout the game.
Is this all accurate? Could the spreadsheets have been fabricated? Do these show the temperatures of both the Texas and visitor’s locker rooms? Does any of this matter? Certainly not. This is easily the silliest, most ridiculous “scandal” so far in the college football season.
The whole thing started on Monday when LSU’s Ed Orgeron claimed Texas did not provide air conditioning in the visitor’s locker room and that he was tipped off to this matter by Louisiana Tech. Texas took great offense to this claim, and their athletic director issued a response. Louisiana Tech’s coach and TCU’s coach even got dragged into things.
Maybe it’s time we just move along.
Texas has been accused of not providing its first two opponents of the season with air conditioning in the visiting locker room, but Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz does not seem to think it was a major issue for his team in Week 1.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on Monday that his Tigers had no AC in the locker room at Texas Memorial Stadium during their big win on Saturday night, but he said they were prepared because Louisiana Tech alerted them of the issue ahead of time. Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday that if the Tigers were given word, it wasn’t from him.
Texas beat Louisiana Tech 45-14 whereas LSU defeated the Longhorns, so it’s easier for Orgeron to talk about the AC problem without sounding like he was making excuses. For what it’s worth, Texas released a statement this week saying they did not receive any complaints and feel they provide visiting teams with a great experience.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that his team has never experienced any issues when traveling to face their in-state rival.
The temperature for the LSU-Texas game was around 100 degrees, and many Tigers players went down with cramps. The Longhorns seem to think at least one LSU player was faking it, so this has turned into one big game of he-said, she-said.
The Texas Longhorns seem to think some of the trips made by trainers to the field during their game against LSU may not have been for legitimate injuries, and a nugget shared by a reporter suggests that.
LSU beat Texas 45-38 on Saturday evening in what was the second game of the season for both teams. Among the talking points after the game was the notion that LSU players faked injuries during the second half to slow down Texas’ offense. In a Yahoo! Sports article, Pete Thamel says Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson winked at the Texas coaching staff before going to the ground with an apparent injury.
Thamel spent a week with Texas football for his story, so it’s pretty clear he’s getting Texas’ side of things, and the implication is Texas believed Chaisson was faking. However, the Longhorns’ belief that Chaisson was faking may be unfounded.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday that a few of his players are out this week and that Chaisson is in a walking boot.
Chaisson has some history with Texas. He threw shade at Sam Ehlinger entering the game and then drank the Longhorns’ water before the game.
Whether the injury was gamesmanship or legitimate, this will be a storyline that will likely surface prior to next season’s rematch between the teams, not to mention the air conditioning debate.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte released a statement on Monday afternoon in response to accusations from LSU and Louisiana Tech that the air conditioning was not working in the visitor’s locker room at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.
LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said on Monday that the air conditioning was not working despite game temperatures being near 100 degrees. LSU won Saturday’s game 45-38 and earned a spot in the top five of the AP rankings accordingly, but it wasn’t easy. Several players went down with cramps throughout the game, with the heat and hydration likely playing a factor.
Here is the statement from Del Conte:
“The comment today about lack of air conditioning in our visiting locker room is the first we’ve heard of any issues in that area. We provide one of the best visitor setups available and are proud of the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests. Our facilities staff did not receive any complaints from either Louisiana Tech or LSU, and we’ve confirmed that our air conditioning in the visiting locker room is in good working order,” Del Conte’s statement said.
Not hearing a complaint from someone does not mean it wasn’t working at the time.
Whether it’s Texas or LSU/Louisiana Tech, it seems one side is not telling the truth in the matter. Which side do you believe?
LSU proved it is worthy of a top-five ranking by going on the road to beat a quality opponent in Texas on Saturday night, and the Tigers had to overcome some tough conditions both on the field and in the locker room.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron told reporters on Monday that there was no air conditioning in the visitor’s locker room before or during the game at Texas Memorial Stadium. The temperature at game time was just below 100 degrees. It’s unclear if that was intentional on the part of the Longhorns, but it was also the case when they hosted Louisiana Tech the week before.
Orgeron said LSU was prepared for the lack of AC so they brought some fans and did some other things to keep the locker room as comfortable as possible. Several Tigers players went down with cramps during the game, but the coach said he did not think the locker room conditions were to blame.
“I don’t think that caused as much as going out there and having to play 93 plays on defense,” Orgeron said. “I think that had a lot to do with it. Although it was hot, I think the humidity was like 23 percent. It wasn’t like Louisiana, but our guys did cramp up in the second half.”
Texas fans could be heard booing during some drives where LSU players went down with cramping, thinking they were faking injuries to slow the Longhorns’ offense.
It’s worth noting that there seemed to be some bad blood between the two teams heading into the game. One LSU player downplayed the ability of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, and some words were exchanged on the field prior to kickoff. LSU QB Joe Burrow also trolled Longhorns fans by waving goodbye to them when the Tigers sealed the win.
LSU’s 45-38 victory was the first leg of a home-and-home series between the two programs, which means the Tigers will play host next year. Texas might want to be prepared to have no AC in their locker room during that game.
UPDATE: Texas has responded to the accusations
The trash talk between LSU and Texas before Saturday’s game between the teams in Austin carried over to the pregame festivities.
Some LSU Tigers players were shooed away by the Longhorns when they saw each other on the field pregame. The sequence of events is not clear, but ABC showed video of some players trading words. ABC said a few LSU players had gone over to drink water from the Texas bench.
One of the payers to drink water was K’Lavon Chaisson, who already made headlines for slighting Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
LSU seems to be talking a big game while Texas has mostly kept it quiet. They’ll probably reserve their words for celebration if they win.