The Miami Hurricanes need to learn to keep their mouths shut because they're not good enough to back up brash talk, Coach Dennis Erickson said Tuesday.
Miami fell from No. 1 to No. 10 by losing its opener Saturday at Brigham Young, 28-21. Erickson said comments last week by the Hurricanes helped inspire BYU.
"I think we fueled the fire, no question about it," Miami's second-year coach said.
One Miami player had said that BYU quarterback Ty Detmer was good, but not great. Another had said the Hurricanes would try to rough up Detmer with blind hits. A third player, discussing past accusations that the Cougars play dirty football, described the game as "Nasty East meets Nasty West."
"I don't like that. I never have liked it," Erickson said.