When Ed Orgeron was announced at LSU, it was obvious that Herman to Texas was a done deal.
It is a great hire for Texas, which should be much improved next season. Herman has only two seasons as a head coach, but he is a rising star and should make Texas nationally relevant again.
There have been two concerns about Herman’s jump to UT. First, he has losses to schools like UConn, Navy, SMU and now Memphis, all teams with far less talent than Herman’s.
But keep in mind, coaches like Art Briles and Kevin Sumlin had losing seasons at UH during their tenures, and they did just fine at their next stops. Herman will make Texas better and will hold his own against the Bob Stoops and Gary Pattersons of the world. There might be a brief adjustment period, but it will be a shock if he is not a big success.
The other question? He won with someone else’s talent. Well, Strong left him a lot at Texas, too. He recruited well at UH and will do even more so at Texas. That one can be dismissed.
In short, the Longhorns have made what looks like the perfect hire on the surface. It might backfire, but the odds of that are low. Longhorns fan should be happy.
As for Houston, the Cougars will be just fine. Fans should thank Herman for what he did and look ahead to what is next.
It’s a catch-22 at UH. If you come in and win 13 games your first year, a bigger job is going to happen. If you go 8-4, no one wants your coach, but that’s also not good enough for the fan base. The reality is this is the most attractive non-Power Five job in college football. It’s also a lot more appealing than a good chunk of Power Five jobs.
Joseph Duarte of the Chronicle has listed several potential candidates, including current OC Major Applewhite and DC Todd Orlando. Duarte also lists Cal’s Sonny Dykes, Syracuse’s Dino Babers and Tulsa’s Phillip Montgomery, with Mike Leach as a wild card. He also says a faction will ask to bring back Briles, which would be a PR nightmare. Regardless, that is a good starting point. One coach I hope they reach out to is Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm.
Regardless, the new coach will inherit facilities, players and the most talented team in the AAC. And UH’s leadership team will make a good decision.
And if they make the right decision, this same circumstance will play out again. And there’s nothing wrong with that.