If you want to know what Tom Herman has done wrong at Texas this year, Urban Meyer may not be the best person to ask. The two coaches have a complicated history with one another, and that could be why Meyer had no problem criticizing his former assistant on national television Friday.
During FOX’s pregame coverage of the Texas Tech-Texas game, Meyer and his colleagues discussed what has gone wrong for the 6-5 Longhorns this season. Meyer pointed out how they have done an excellent job recruiting in recent years but not been able to develop those recruits into NFL players. While he may not have come out and said it, he was clearly criticizing Herman.
“It’s not just recruiting, but recruiting and player development,” Meyer said. “When you talk about an evaluation period — when you see injuries and you see non-development of players as NFL guys, why is that? Is it assistant coaches? Is it the weight room? Is it the nutrition program? You can’t just put this on players. You’ve gotta say, ‘What’s going on when they get there?'”
Meyer noted how Alabama has had 46 players drafted since 2015 and Ohio State (his former team) has had 40. Despite having one of the top recruiting classes in the nation every year, Texas has only had 13 players drafted during that span. That could be Meyer’s way of telling Herman, “Look how much better I am than you.”
The Texas Longhorns are stumbling to the finish line this season after entering the year with College Football Playoff aspirations, and head coach Tom Herman may not wait much longer to start making coaching staff changes.
Texas is looking to close out the regular season with a win over rival Texas Tech on Friday, and Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com reports that Herman could make changes to his staff after that game even if the Longhorns win.
According to my sources, Texas football coach Tom Herman could begin making changes to his coaching staff as early as this weekend, regardless of Texas Tech outcome on Friday. Bryan Carrington could be promoted to coach to hit the road recruiting on Monday. Stay tuned …
Texas has lost four of its past six games after beginning the season on a 4-1 run that included a near-victory against LSU, and the Tigers are currently the top-ranked team in the nation. The Longhorns also lost by only one score to No. 7-ranked Oklahoma, but they have since had bad losses to TCU and Iowa State. They also managed only 10 points in a 24-10 loss against Baylor last weekend.
Bryan Carrington is currently the director of recruiting for Texas, and Richardson’s report says he could be promoted to a coaching role so he can begin hitting the recruiting trail immediately.
Herman’s third season as the head coach at Texas has been his most disappointing, even if he has still shown some incredible enthusiasm in recent weeks. The Longhorns went 10-4 last year and won the Sugar Bowl, finishing ranked No. 9 in the nation. With their starting quarterback returning in Sam Ehlinger, no one expected Texas to be flirting with a .500 record this year.
I understand wanting to pump up your players, but come on. How dumb can you be? Does Herman not want to save some brain cells for recruiting and calling plays? Apparently not! I’m surprised he wasn’t placed in concussion protocol after that.
The Texas Longhorns have now lost three games, and the third was the worst yet. The Longhorns lost to TCU on Saturday, giving up 37 points in the process.
That comes a week after Texas narrowly survived against Kansas, giving up 48 points to the unranked Jayhawks. Coach Tom Herman didn’t mince words about the team’s recent defensive performance, admitting that the Longhorns are simply “not good” right now.
Herman on the defense: "We're not good. And we need to be better. You know, I think the off week will help. We've got to do a better job as coaches. The guys that are out there, we gotta get them ready to play. We've got to make plays and put them in position to do so."
Texas has given up 31.5 points per game this season. The Longhorns still have two away games against ranked opponents to go this season, so it doesn’t exactly get a lot easier. It doesn’t help that they’ve been plagued by undisciplined play, either. It needs to get sorted out if the Longhorns don’t want to lose four or five games this season.
Tom Herman’s wife does not think all the focus of the fallout from Saturday’s Texas-LSU game should be on the air conditioning matter. She thinks some attention should be paid to the way she claims LSU sabotaged their counterparts by leaking phone numbers.
Herman’s wife Michelle shared a video on Twitter Wednesday of a family member answering a cell phone call that she says came from an LSU fan on Thursday. The Hermans apparently turned the tables on the LSU caller by speaking Spanish to “throw them off” and “just for fun.”
The Texas Longhorns played an excellent first half against the Oklahome Sooners in the Big 12 Championship with one glaring exception.
The Longhorns opened the door for a late Oklahoma touchdown with poor clock management in the final two minutes of the first half. The cause was coach Tom Herman getting overly aggressive. After taking an offensive pass interference penalty, the Longhorns were stuck with a 2nd and 26 from their own 44-yard line. On the next play, instead of playing more conservatively and running the ball, the Longhorns tried to pass again, throwing an incompletion and taking roughly 15 seconds off the clock.
Had Texas turned to the run game on 2nd and long, they could have essentially run the clock out on the first half. Instead, they had to punt two plays later with 59 seconds left, and Kyler Murray immediately led Oklahoma down the field for a go-ahead touchdown ahead of halftime.
Multiple writers criticized Herman as well. One did the math and calculated that Oklahoma essentially would have had no time to do anything had Herman simply played things a bit smarter and run some clock, as the Sooners had no timeouts left.
Texas could have basically run out most of the clock and punted to OU. Instead, TD Sooners.
Tom Herman found his name in the middle of the scandal at Ohio State involving former Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith, and the way the Texas coach responded was clearly appreciated by some Longhorns fans.
Smith, who was fired by Ohio State after it was revealed that he had been accused of assaulting his ex-wife on multiple occasions, went on a massive Twitter rant against Herman earlier this month. Herman also used to work on Meyer’s staff, and Smith alleged in a social media firestorm that Herman cheated on his wife.
The reason Smith was so angry is that he believes Herman was the one who leaked the information that got him in trouble. Smith shared a screenshot of a text message exchange he had with Herman where he told him he was going to expose him for who he really is. Herman simply texted back, “OK. Cool. Hook Em!,” and now you have all the context you need for this hilarious highway sign in Texas:
Smith seemed to think he was going to bring down Herman with his angry tweet storm, but he really only illustrated how much of a loose cannon he is. As you can see, college football fans really had one major takeaway from the text messages Smith shared.
Zach Smith went off on a massive Twitter rant against Tom Herman on Sunday night that he says was inspired by learning that Herman was behind a media leak that got him in trouble at Ohio State.
Smith is the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach who was fired before the season after allegations of his domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney surfaced. Urban Meyer was investigated by Ohio State for his handling of Smith and ended up on paid leave and suspended three games before returning to the program.
In his Twitter rant, Smith decided to out Herman, his former co-worker at Ohio State who is now the head coach at Texas, for allegedly cheating on his wife, Michelle.
Here’s a look at some of the tweets. Beware that they contain some swear words.
Here are some of the specific allegations of Herman cheating that Smith hurled:
Hey @Brett_McMurphy – report this. I witnessed Tom Herman cheat on his wife (@belletjh ) several times… once at an Asian massage parlor… and just texted him that I’m done protecting him. We gonna be “honest” now!? Or nah… LMAO
Remember when you were with an a Asian massuese? Because I dooooooooo…. @CoachTomHerman – you’re the biggest snitch alive… and also the biggest hypocrite alive. Anyone wanna know all that I know about Tommy Boy? Contact me. Lmao pic.twitter.com/L9x4bJ19ii
Finally, he admitted that he went on the rant after learning that the Hermans were the source of the leak to reporter Brett McMurphy that exposed Smith.
You want to know what’s CRAZY??? That @CoachTomHerman had @belletjh put my ex wife in touch with @Brett_McMurphy – and I finally got that confirmation evidence tonight (though I’ve known it for months)… deny deny deny… right Tom? Trying to bring down urban… lol
Smith’s Twitter meltdown comes across as vindictive and makes him look like an angry, unstable, abusive loose cannon, which is exactly what he was accused of being by his ex-wife. Smith probably thought he was going to bring down Herman with his tweet storm, but instead he only proved how unstable he is and how untouchable he would be for a football program. His tweets confirm why his ex-wife needed legal protection from him.
Tom Herman lost his mind during a scuffle that broke out amid a kneeldown in the final minute of Oklahoma State’s 38-35 win over Texas on Saturday night.
The Cowboys had the ball and just needed to kneel down to end the game. But Texas senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager got into it with a Cowboys player before the snap and decided to come after him even after Oklahoma State had taken its knee. The physical contact led Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to run onto the field to try and pull his players away from the situation.
Texas head coach Tom Herman saw Gundy run onto the field, so he did the same. He then started yelling wildly at Gundy while being held back by the officials.
Texas fans will be looking for much better results from Tom Herman in his second season with the Longhorns, and the coach made it clear he is well aware of that after 2018 got off to a disappointing start.
After capping off last year’s 7-6 season with a win in the Texas bowl, Herman’s No. 23-ranked longhorns lost to Maryland by a score of 34-29 on Saturday. Herman was quick to tell reporters this year’s team will not be like last year’s.
Texas coach Tom Herman: “A lot of people are going to want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.” He believes Horns are better now than at any point in 2017.
That seems like a strange thing to say one game into the season, and some will interpret it as Herman already being nervous. The expectation was obviously that he will return the Texas program to prominence after he was hired, and that can take several years. Still, a loss to Maryland is going to bring about lots of grumbling from Longhorns fans.