Urban Meyer is one of the top three coaches in college football. He has taken two elite programs, Florida and Ohio State, to national titles in his coaching career. At each of those stops, he was entering the head job soon after a legendary coach had left the role.
One of Meyer’s proteges, Tom Herman, is starting his first year as the head coach at Texas, another heralded football program. Herman slipped up when he said publicly to not expect a quick turnaround given the team he inherited from the previous regime.
That led to this smart thought by Meyer:
That’s like, when I got here, everybody wanted me to say Jim Tressel left the cupboard bare…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…
I’ve advised my coaches when they take new positions [to] always be extremely complimentary. Never talk as if those players aren’t your players