Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made headlines Thursday morning when he told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd that Texas coach Tom Herman, his former offensive coordinator, "got a dose of reality" in a 10-point home loss to unranked Maryland.
“I told our guys to never get used to this feeling," Herman told reporters after the game.
"But that if we all thought we were going to come in here and in nine months sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we’ve arrived, then we were wrong.”
Though Herman went on to talk about the work required of his team to reach that next level, the "fairy dust" comment rankled Meyer.
"C'mon man. I don't know where that came from. It's like a new generation of excuse. [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."
Hard words for a former coworker.
Herman, for his part, took the high road when asked about the comments later in the day.
"I don't have [any response]. I don't have time to worry about comments made by somebody else and about their program. I'm worried about our program and winning a game. Anybody that's been around me and our staff for the last nine months knows that we've never disparaged the previous staff, or our current players."
Herman didn't think much of a question asking if he felt he threw his players under the bus with the fairy dust comment:
Just another day on the college football beat in early September, folks.