Tom Herman is headed to Texas, as the two sides agreed to a deal.
News was reported early Saturday:
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports previously cited one source close to Herman that called Texas “his No. 1 choice.”
As was reported by Ross Dellenger the Advocate, Herman was leaning toward Texas even before LSU formally decided to remove the interim tag from Ed Orgeron.
The Herman hire should energize the boosters, who have wanted this for a while. It’s not unfamiliar territory for the coach, as he was a graduate assistant for Texas from 1999-2000.
Houston head coach Tom Herman has supposedly been in deep discussions with LSU about the school’s potential coaching vacancy, but it does not sound like an agreement is in place just yet.
According to a report from Chris Low and Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, Herman has not yet ruled out considering an offer from Texas. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is also reporting that Herman has not finalized anything with LSU and did not meet with Tigers representatives on Thursday.
Prior to his team’s game against Memphis on Friday, Herman said any reports about him having a deal in place with another program are “absolutely” false. He also said he told his players to not “believe anything you read.”
While most expect Texas to fire Charlie Strong, there have been rumblings that an impressive performance against TCU on Friday might inspire the Longhorns to bring him back for a fourth season.
One way or another, Herman is about to become a very rich man. He is drawing legitimate interest from two of the best programs in the country, and his current employer made it very clear that money will not be the reason Herman leaves.
Things are getting even more interesting in the coaching carousel, especially for the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers.
Horns Digest’s Chip Brown reported on Thursday that Tom Herman has a firm coaching offer from LSU, but that the current Houston head coach is reluctant to accept until he knows what is going on at Texas.
LSU fired Les Miles earlier this season and has Ed Orgeron as their interim head coach, but they apparently have made Herman their target. This chatter is somewhat surprising given all the reports saying LSU was planning a run at Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher. If Brown’s report is to be believed, perhaps LSU put feelers out to Fisher and found out he wasn’t interested in the job, so they moved on to Herman.
Texas now needs to figure out its future or risk having one of the top candidates eliminated from contention. They have said all along that they will evaluate current head coach Charlie Strong after the season. Many thought the loss to Kansas last weekend would cost Strong his job three years into his five-year deal with Texas. However, a new report said Strong would have a chance to keep his job with a win against TCU on Friday.
Horns Digest’s report says that the hefty buyouts for Strong and his staff — which amount to just over $17 million — are factors in Texas’ decision, and weigh in Strong’s favor. Texas is 5-6 this season.
Tom Herman got emotional when thinking about the comments made by Tilman Fertitta about him this week.
Fertitta, the chairman of the University of Houston regents, said on Monday that if the Cougars lose Herman to another school, it won’t be for a lack of money. Translation: We will offer him as much money as anybody else who comes calling.
When asked Tuesday about Fertitta’s support, Herman got emotional and said it “means the world.”
Herman is in his second year as head coach of the Cougars and has led the team to a 9-2 record this season after going 13-1 last year. He has been a hot name on the coaching market, especially after leading the Cougars to wins over Oklahoma and Louisville. Reports indicate Texas may have the strongest interest in hiring Herman, but like Fertitta said, if the coach leaves, it will be for reasons other than money.
If Houston is going to lose Tom Herman to another school, it won’t be over a lack of money.
Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents, spoke with FOX 26 in Houston and said he did not fear losing Herman because of financial reasons.
“We’re not going to lose him over money,” Fertitta told FOX 26. “If he wants to leave, he’s going to leave. I don’t think Tom Herman has any desire to leave over money. It’s because he would want to go to a program where he feels like he personally has a better chance of competing for a national championship every year.
“We will do whatever it takes to keep Tom Herman at the University of Houston. We’re not going to lose Tom Herman because of money. If Tom Herman wants to go LSU or Texas or Oregon or Baylor or wherever else, we cannot stop him from doing that. He’s not going to leave because of money.”
Fertitta’s position is pretty clear. He also says officials from the school have been in constant contact with the coach’s agent and that they plan to meet with the coach to pay him what he is worth. Keep in mind that Houston already gave Herman a raise last year to $2.8 million.
Though Houston’s attitude and approach in the matter is admirable, they still may not be able to retain the coach regardless of how much money they throw his way. With LSU, Texas and Baylor all in the market for a new coach, Herman could see a rare opportunity to move to a higher-profile school. The Texas job may be especially appealing because of the tradition it carries. Winning at a school like Texas is a lot different from winning at a school like Houston because of the prestige and fandom associated with the job in Austin. Plus, reports already say many Texas boosters are pressuring the school to hire Herman. That could be too much for Houston to overcome.
In a rather strange turn of events, Houston’s big upset of Louisville could cost Charlie Strong his job.
Texas administrators are receiving “extreme pressure” from boosters to replace Strong with Houston coach Tom Herman after the Cougars stunned No. 5 Louisville on Thursday, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
The belief was that Strong could have kept his job by winning out against Kansas and TCU, which would have taken the team to 7-5. In October, boosters had cooled on Herman a bit following Houston’s losses to Navy and SMU, the latter considered particularly bad due to being to a weaker team within the state of Texas. One source even said Herman to Texas was “dead in the water” following the loss to SMU.
That has all changed with the upset of Louisville, with boosters now salivating over Herman again. They are said to be concerned that Herman will be a top candidate for virtually every other possible opening, including those at LSU and Oregon. They are also wary that Texas A&M could get rid of Kevin Sumlin with the intention of grabbing Herman.
Herman joining the Longhorns has long been rumored. It seems likely, though, that Texas will let the season finish up before taking any further steps.
The Baylor Bears are reportedly stepping up their coaching search, and have two top candidates in mind.
Houston coach Tom Herman and SMU coach Chad Morris are at or near the top of Baylor’s list of potential hires, according to Travis Haney of 247 Sports.
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades hired Herman at Houston, so there is a connection there. However, the Cougars coach will be in very high demand. He is said to be most intrigued by the potential opening at Texas, and also has his sights on LSU and Oregon. Nevertheless, Baylor is determined to at least speak to Herman about their opening.
Failing that, the Bears could target Morris, an east Texas native with extensive links within the state as a former high school coach. He is also the former offensive coordinator at Clemson and was chiefly responsible for recruiting Deshaun Watson.
There is another, even higher profile candidate that Baylor has reportedly eyed, but that one may prove to be too much of a longshot.
One of the constant storylines of the college football season has been Tom Herman being rumored for potential jobs and then the coach shooting down the reports. The same was the case this week.
After Texas lost yet again and fell to 3-4 under Charlie Strong, a report said Herman to Texas was “all but done.”
On Tuesday, the Houston Cougars coach responded to that report and said he was done policing the information with statements.
“I’m done being the media police. I’m done chasing down erroneous reports. I’m done putting out statements to refute bogus information,” Herman said via FOX 26’s Mark Berman. “That’s not my job. My job is to concern myself with the players on this team and get them ready for the football game.”
Though Herman did sign an extension with Houston last fall, the thought of him remaining with the Cougars long term seemed to hit a snag recently when the Big 12 said they were not going to be expanding. With Herman no longer set to receive a massive financial payday for Houston joining a Power 5 conference, going elsewhere could be enticing.
Of course, Herman and his Cougars need to finish strong otherwise the luster may start to wear off Herman.
Houston suffered a stunning loss on Saturday that sent the team tumbling out of the top 25, but that apparently has had no effect on a major program being interested in its head coach.
In fact, a report on Monday claimed Tom Herman becoming the next head coach at Texas is essentially a done deal.
Houston had an outside chance at making the College Football Playoff if the team ran the table, but a loss to Navy earlier this month all but eliminated those hopes. Then on Saturday, the Cougars were dominated by SMU, 38-16.
In his first season as the head coach at Houston last year, Herman led the Cougars to a 13-1 record, which was a significant improvement over the team’s 8-5 record the season before. The former Ohio State offensive coordinator began the 2016 campaign with an impressive win over Oklahoma, and he has been linked to more than one high-profile head coaching job.
While Herman has said in the past that he remains committed to Houston, you can understand why he’d leave for a program like Texas. Charlie Strong has been a major disappointment, and the Longhorns are said to be ready to move on from him. From the sound of it, they have already found their next guy.
Tom Herman will be among the most highly sought-after coaches throughout the season.
In his first year at Houston, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator led the Cougars to a 13-1 record — quite an improvement over the team’s 8-5 season the year before he got there. This season he’s 4-0 with a victory over Oklahoma to his name. Given his quick and significant success, he’s going to be mentioned any time there is a prominent coaching vacancy, such as the one at LSU that he was already connected to.
In an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt that aired on Thursday, Herman was asked how he would handle questions about his interest in jobs.
“Honesty,” Herman said of his approach. “I’m not going to talk about any other jobs. We love it here in Houston. My job is to maintain focus and to prepare our team to win football games each and every week. We have a really veteran and mature group that understands.
“I’m just happy to come to work every day and get to coach these guys — they’re a joy to coach.”
Herman already got a major raise to $2.8 million per season at Houston, and he stands to gain big if the school moves to a Power 5 conference. He seems to be committed to the Cougars, and he’s saying all the right things about staying there, which is all they could ask for.