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Houston coach Tom Herman feuds with local radio hosts in uncomfortable, heated on-air argument

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In an interview that included dictionary definitions and strange intimations, Houston's football coach tried to clear the air and only made things more muddled.

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Houston head football coach Tom Herman's had one heck of a year.

Less than a calendar year after helping lead Ohio State to the first ever College Football Playoff championship, in his first ever go at it as a head coach, Herman's Houston Cougars won The American Athletic championship before upsetting the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles in the 2015 Peach Bowl.

Earlier this week, Herman landed one of his biggest recruiting wins yet, securing the transfer of former Texas A&M quarterback (and five-star recruit) Kyle Allen.

While the occasion would seem celebratory to most coaches, Herman took exception with longtime state of Texas reporter (and Houston local sports talk radio personality) John P. Lopez's early reporting of Allen and U of H's mutual interest, going as far as to publicly categorize one of Lopez's articles as completely false.

After agreeing to speak about the matter on-air, he joined "In The Loop" with Nick Wright and Lopez in what will surely going down as one of the more talked about interviews in the young offseason:

Though the 20 minute interview is long and unwieldy, both sides are extremely adversarial with Herman even resorting to breaking out the dictionary definition of "meet".

Herman mostly seems to contest Lopez's reporting that Allen met with the Cougars in person on a Sunday, but the whole thing seems pretty semantic on both sides.

During the interview, Herman also painted Lopez's co-host Nick Wright's behavior on social media as unprofessional after he took exception to a statement Herman made following Allen's commitment.

Each party acts chippy throughout with Herman at one point strangely comparing Lopez's reporting to saying there was a fire where people died and extensive damage was done but in reality there was only a minor fire where no one was hurt.

The whole thing is frankly uncomfortable and neither side comes away looking particularly good. Maybe next time Houston area reporters will "pick up the phone", as Herman suggests. And maybe Herman will know better than to put himself into long-winded sports talk radio arguments over the definitions of words.