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Texas AD says Tom Herman will remain head coach

Tom Herman

It sounds like Tom Herman is getting another year as Texas head coach.

Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte issued a statement on Saturday meant to address speculation about Herman’s job status. Del Conte says policy is to assess the program at the end of the season, but conclusively states that Herman will remain the team’s coach.

“My policy is to wait until the end of the season before evaluating and commenting on our program and coaches. With the close of the regular season, I want to reiterate that Tom Herman is our coach,” the statement says.

Two key realities likely worked in Herman’s favor. The first is that firing Herman and his assistants would cost the Longhorns roughly $25 million. The second is that their top target to replace Herman turned them down, leaving the Longhorns with no obvious replacement that would constitute a clear upgrade.

Herman has gone 31-18 at Texas, but has failed to propel them into the top tier of college football programs once again in terms of results. He hasn’t always gotten the strongest vote of confidence from his players, either. However, the circumstances mean he’s going to get at least one more year to try to make good on his efforts to turn the Longhorns into a playoff team.

Report: Urban Meyer turned down Texas

Urban Meyer

The Texas Longhorns’ pursuit of Urban Meyer may have come to an end.

According to Horns 247’s Chip Brown, Meyer turned down interest from Texas. Meyer reportedly told the Longhorns he is leaning towards not coaching again due to health issues.

Texas reportedly reached out to Meyer to show interest following consecutive losses to TCU and Oklahoma earlier this season. No formal offer was made, but the school was prepared to pay the coach over $10 million a year to coach them.

Meyer has not coached since 2018 and has served as an analyst for FOX since then, often making headlines for what he says. He’s the best coach available, which is why a dissatisfied program like Texas pursued him.

Other coaches Texas reportedly has considered include: Steve Sarkisian, Mario Cristobal, James Franklin and Matt Campbell.

If I’m Texas, I’m forgetting Sarkisian, as he won’t do more than Tom Herman, and Cristobal doesn’t get me too excited. Franklin would be fine, but Campbell would be the most desirable coach of the group.

But would Texas pay a massive buyout to Herman if they’re not replacing him with Meyer? That’s the big question for their donors.

Urban Meyer reportedly remains the target for Texas

Urban Meyer

All the rumors surrounding Urban Meyer last fall connected him to USC. This fall, all the rumors are connecting the former Ohio State coach to Texas.

Meyer has not coached college football since the 2018 season and has been working for FOX as an analyst since then. But he remains a high-profile target for interested programs, and that includes the Longhorns.

On Saturday, the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls said that Meyer was the top target for Texas. He mentioned James Franklin as a possible backup candidate.

The Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis said he did not expect any news on the Meyer front for Texas unless Meyer himself moves forward.

Meyer is one of the few coaches who can compete with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, which makes him an attractive candidate for a school like Texas. The Longhorns are not sold on Tom Herman, who is 6-3 in his fourth season as head coach. A week ago we saw some rumors about Meyer’s wife looking at real estate in Austin. This is all a reminder that we are at that time of year again: the coaching carousel is in full swing.

Urban Meyer house hunting in Austin, Texas rumor hits the net

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has not coached in college football since the 2018 season and is the best coach available. Texas Longhorns fans have been talking all fall about how he’s the kind of coach who could step in and replace Tom Herman to get the Longhorns back where they want to be. And guess what? Right on cue after the team lost to Iowa State, our first Urban Meyer-to-Texas rumor hit the net.

A new website called Austonia, which we previously have never heard of, started a rumor about Meyer’s wife Shelley going to Austin to check out the real estate market. Austin is where the University of Texas is located.

Is there anything to this rumor? Probably not, but this is a good reminder of a few things. One, expect there to be lots of talk about Texas possibly moving on from Herman. And two, expect more rumors linking Meyer to the Longhorns.

Herman has a hefty $15 million buyout, but we wouldn’t expect that kind of number to stand in the way of the boosters reeling in Meyer if he is interested. Herman has gone 30-18 over four years and has Texas 5-3 this season.

Prior to all the Texas rumors, all the talk last year was about Meyer headed to a different school. In the past, Meyer has offered some criticism of Herman while serving as an analyst for FOX.

Sam Ehlinger has honest quote about Tom Herman’s future with Texas

Sam Ehlinger

The Texas Longhorns continue to be a program with decent results but championship aspirations, and that’s led to major frustrations in Austin.

Texas’ loss to Iowa State on Friday dropped them to 5-3 on the season. With two winnable games to go, a 7-3 finish remains possible, but this is a program that expects to contend for the College Football Playoff. That once again won’t be happening in 2020, and it has led to speculation about coach Tom Herman’s job status.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is among the most frustrated. When asked if Herman was getting the most out of the players or if coaching is the issue, Ehlinger offered up a very honest response.

“That’s the million dollar question everybody’s trying to figure out the last 10 years,” Ehlinger said, via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.

Therein lies the problem. Herman was brought in as the guy who would answer that kind of question. The fact that it’s still being asked doesn’t bode well for him.

Herman himself had a different response to questions about his future with the Longhorns.

Tom Herman’s decision to not kick FG costs Texas in loss to Iowa State

Tom Herman

Texas head coach Tom Herman made a questionable decision to not take an easy field goal late in his team’s game against Iowa State on Friday, and it proved to be costly.

The Longhorns were leading 20-16 midway through the fourth quarter when their drive stalled at the Iowa State 13-yard line. Rather than kicking a field goal to give his team a 23-16 lead, Herman opted to go for it on 4th-and-2. Texas was stuffed and turned the ball over on downs.

Herman’s call initially didn’t appear to hurt Texas, as their defense forced a punt on the ensuing drive. However, Texas then went three-and-out and punted it back to Iowa State. The Cyclones scored a touchdown on that drive to take a 23-20 lead with just 1:44 remaining in the game.

That 1:44 wasn’t enough time for Texas to secure a game-winning field goal. They moved the ball down the field, but quarterback Sam Ehlinger took a bad sack near midfield and turned a reasonable field goal attempt into a 57-yarder, which sailed wide left.

Had Herman taken the three points earlier in the fourth quarter, the worst-case scenario for Texas likely would have been overtime. Going for it on 4th-and-2 doesn’t sound crazy, but the Longhorns would have been in better shape if they took a 23-16 lead at that stage in the game.

Texas had a chance to stay alive for the Big 12 Championship Game with a win, so the loss to No. 13 Iowa State was particularly painful.

All eyes will be on Herman now down the stretch. Texas is 5-3 on the season and 30-18 under Herman overall. The coach has drawn criticism from Texas alumni and fans this year. It would not be a shock if he is fired before the end of the season.

Oklahoma State not allowed to use controversial tactic on field goals anymore

Oklahoma State yellow lines field goal

Oklahoma State pulled off a controversial move on a Texas field goal attempt during Saturday’s game between the teams in Stillwater, Okla. According to Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman, the Cowboys won’t be able to employ the move again.

The Longhorns’ Cameron Dicker made a 40-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 24-20 Oklahoma State. During the kick, Oklahoma State put up yellow lines on their video board behind the goal posts to mimic the look of the goal posts. The intent was obvious: they wanted to confuse Dicker.

Herman told the media during his conference call on Tuesday that he talked with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby about the tactic. Herman said it “has been addressed.”

Perhaps as karma, Texas was able to win the game 41-34 in overtime. The Longhorns still are hurting in recruiting though.

Recruit Billy Bowman Jr. slights Texas after flipping commitment to Oklahoma

Texas Longhorns logo

The Texas Longhorns have suffered yet again in recruiting, and the player they lost chose their rival.

Billy Bowman Jr., a two-way player from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, announced last month he was decommitting from Texas. Bowman instead announced on Sunday that he has committed to Oklahoma.

Bowman talked with the Denton Record-Chronicle about his decision to pick Oklahoma. He seemed to slight Texas while praising the Sooners.

“I feel like Oklahoma checked every single one of my bullet points,” Bowman told the Record-Chronicle. “One of them was being able to play on one of the biggest stages in college football. I also wanted to be closer to home, be around coaches who know what they are doing, and be around a championship program.”

Saying that he wanted to be around coaches who know what they are doing and around a championship program is praise of Oklahoma. Those are compliments to what Lincoln Riley’s staff is doing and the way the Sooners have played. But it also can be interpreted as slights towards Texas, as if maybe Bowman did not feel those coaches were good enough or that the program was championship-caliber.

After Bowman’s decommitment, the Longhorns have also lost a top 5-star quarterback and a wide receiver recruit.

Video: Texas goes wild celebrating in locker room after overtime win

Texas Longhorns logo

The Texas Longhorns went wild celebrating their overtime victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

The Longhorns were up 34-31 but Oklahoma State kicked a field goal in the final minute to tie the game. Despite the letdown, Texas did not blow it and instead pulled out the win.

Texas went up 41-34 after a touchdown pass by Sam Ehlinger in overtime. Then they stopped Oklahoma State with a sack on fourth down to end the game.

They were thrilled to get the win at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. and celebrated in the locker room.

Texas had a rough stretch where they lost two in a row and were 2-2. Things were tough during the week too when they lost a huge recruit.

But nothing cures problems more than winning, and this video seems to be proof of that.

WR Phaizon Wilson decommits from Texas day after Quinn Ewers’ decision

Texas Longhorns logo

Quinn Ewers’ decommitment from the Texas Longhorns is already having a ripple effect.

2022 wide receiver recruit Phaizon Wilson tweeted that he had some thinking to do after Ewers announced his decommitment. Wilson didn’t take long to make a decision.

Wilson announced on Thursday that he too was decommitting from the program. He announced it in a note lacking punctuation that is quite possibly the longest run-on sentence in history.

Wilson is rated a four-star prospect by 247 Sports. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, and he plays for Lancaster High School in Texas.

Wilson and Ewers were two of the three recruits in Texas’ 2022 class that now only has one remaining player committed to the school.