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Urban Meyer criticizes Tom Herman, Texas for coaching and ‘player development’

Urban Meyer

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.

Report: Tom Herman could soon make changes to his coaching staff

Tom Herman

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.

Watch: Tom Herman headbutts his player without helmet before game

Tom Herman headbutt helmet

Tom Herman went a little crazy trying to fire up his Texas Longhorns before Saturday’s game against Baylor.

Herman fired up his players by headbutting one of them before the game. Yes, Herman did this to a player wearing a helmet, even though the coach himself did not have one on.

I understand wanting to pump up your players, but come on. How dumb can you be? Does Herman not want to save some brain cells for recruiting and calling plays? Apparently not! I’m surprised he wasn’t placed in concussion protocol after that.

Tom Herman on Texas defense: ‘We’re not good’

Tom Herman

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.

Tom Herman’s wife says LSU fans blew up Texas coach’s phone before game

Tom Herman

Tom Herman’s wife does not think all the focus of the fallout from Saturday’s Texas-LSU game should be on the air conditioning matter. She thinks some attention should be paid to the way she claims LSU sabotaged their counterparts by leaking phone numbers.

Herman’s wife Michelle shared a video on Twitter Wednesday of a family member answering a cell phone call that she says came from an LSU fan on Thursday. The Hermans apparently turned the tables on the LSU caller by speaking Spanish to “throw them off” and “just for fun.”

Michelle Herman claims that LSU leaked the phone numbers of the Texas Longhorns coaches.

Michelle says her husband has since changed his phone number.

We had already heard that LSU fans got a hold of Sam Ehlinger’s phone number and bombarded the Texas quarterback’s phone. The same thing apparently happened to Tom Herman.

Not only did LSU win the big game in Austin, but head coach Ed Orgeron caused a stir by saying the air conditioning in the visitor’s locker room was not working. Texas fans were infuriated by that remark and came to the program’s defense, with athletic director Chris Del Conte releasing a statement.

Tom Herman’s clock management leads to Oklahoma touchdown to end first half

Tom Herman

The Texas Longhorns played an excellent first half against the Oklahome Sooners in the Big 12 Championship with one glaring exception.

The Longhorns opened the door for a late Oklahoma touchdown with poor clock management in the final two minutes of the first half. The cause was coach Tom Herman getting overly aggressive. After taking an offensive pass interference penalty, the Longhorns were stuck with a 2nd and 26 from their own 44-yard line. On the next play, instead of playing more conservatively and running the ball, the Longhorns tried to pass again, throwing an incompletion and taking roughly 15 seconds off the clock.

Had Texas turned to the run game on 2nd and long, they could have essentially run the clock out on the first half. Instead, they had to punt two plays later with 59 seconds left, and Kyler Murray immediately led Oklahoma down the field for a go-ahead touchdown ahead of halftime.

Multiple writers criticized Herman as well. One did the math and calculated that Oklahoma essentially would have had no time to do anything had Herman simply played things a bit smarter and run some clock, as the Sooners had no timeouts left.

It’s entirely possible that this has huge implications on the final outcome, as the Longhorns likely would have taken a one-point lead to the locker room if Herman had run clock instead.

One thing is certain: it hasn’t been a great week for high-level clock management.

Texas highway sign hilariously trolls Zach Smith

Tom Herman

Tom Herman found his name in the middle of the scandal at Ohio State involving former Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith, and the way the Texas coach responded was clearly appreciated by some Longhorns fans.

Smith, who was fired by Ohio State after it was revealed that he had been accused of assaulting his ex-wife on multiple occasions, went on a massive Twitter rant against Herman earlier this month. Herman also used to work on Meyer’s staff, and Smith alleged in a social media firestorm that Herman cheated on his wife.

The reason Smith was so angry is that he believes Herman was the one who leaked the information that got him in trouble. Smith shared a screenshot of a text message exchange he had with Herman where he told him he was going to expose him for who he really is. Herman simply texted back, “OK. Cool. Hook Em!,” and now you have all the context you need for this hilarious highway sign in Texas:

Smith seemed to think he was going to bring down Herman with his angry tweet storm, but he really only illustrated how much of a loose cannon he is. As you can see, college football fans really had one major takeaway from the text messages Smith shared.

Zach Smith accuses Tom Herman of cheating on wife in massive Twitter rant

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Zach Smith went off on a massive Twitter rant against Tom Herman on Sunday night that he says was inspired by learning that Herman was behind a media leak that got him in trouble at Ohio State.

Smith is the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach who was fired before the season after allegations of his domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney surfaced. Urban Meyer was investigated by Ohio State for his handling of Smith and ended up on paid leave and suspended three games before returning to the program.

In his Twitter rant, Smith decided to out Herman, his former co-worker at Ohio State who is now the head coach at Texas, for allegedly cheating on his wife, Michelle.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets. Beware that they contain some swear words.

Here are some of the specific allegations of Herman cheating that Smith hurled:

Smith also accused Herman of having a drinking problem.

Finally, he admitted that he went on the rant after learning that the Hermans were the source of the leak to reporter Brett McMurphy that exposed Smith.

Smith’s Twitter meltdown comes across as vindictive and makes him look like an angry, unstable, abusive loose cannon, which is exactly what he was accused of being by his ex-wife. Smith probably thought he was going to bring down Herman with his tweet storm, but instead he only proved how unstable he is and how untouchable he would be for a football program. His tweets confirm why his ex-wife needed legal protection from him.

Tom Herman loses his mind after scuffle during kneeldown

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Tom Herman lost his mind during a scuffle that broke out amid a kneeldown in the final minute of Oklahoma State’s 38-35 win over Texas on Saturday night.

The Cowboys had the ball and just needed to kneel down to end the game. But Texas senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager got into it with a Cowboys player before the snap and decided to come after him even after Oklahoma State had taken its knee. The physical contact led Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to run onto the field to try and pull his players away from the situation.

Texas head coach Tom Herman saw Gundy run onto the field, so he did the same. He then started yelling wildly at Gundy while being held back by the officials.

The game soon ended, and the two coaches met to hash things out. They shared a hug and Gundy explained to Herman he was just trying to defuse the situation.

“I didn’t want it to get ugly, so it’s all good,” Gundy said in an interview with ESPN after the game.

Things may be all good, but they sure got heated for a moment.

Tom Herman has strange quote after loss to Maryland

Tom Herman

Texas fans will be looking for much better results from Tom Herman in his second season with the Longhorns, and the coach made it clear he is well aware of that after 2018 got off to a disappointing start.

After capping off last year’s 7-6 season with a win in the Texas bowl, Herman’s No. 23-ranked longhorns lost to Maryland by a score of 34-29 on Saturday. Herman was quick to tell reporters this year’s team will not be like last year’s.

That seems like a strange thing to say one game into the season, and some will interpret it as Herman already being nervous. The expectation was obviously that he will return the Texas program to prominence after he was hired, and that can take several years. Still, a loss to Maryland is going to bring about lots of grumbling from Longhorns fans.