27 November 2016

Will Tom Herman be the one that turns around Texas?

(USATSI)
The next domino to drop in the college football coaching carousel was that of the University of Texas as they announced on Saturday the hiring of Houston head coach Tom Herman. He will replace Charlie Strong, who was formally ousted once the school could confirm that they would be luring Herman to town, after he went 16-21 in three years.

As the rebuilding process continues in Austin, can Herman be the coach that leads the Longhorns back to the pinnacle of college football?

There is a case to be made that Strong may be getting a little bit of a raw deal after the situation he found himself in three years ago when he took over from Mack Brown. That said, without much on-field improvement after three seasons without a winning seasonand that inexcusable loss to Kansas a week ago, it probably was time for Strong to go.

But now they have turned to Herman and it is easy to see why after his two-year stint at Houston. He went 22-4 in two seasons, including last year's thrashing of Florida State in the Peach Bowl, and his offenses and strong recruiting made him one of the most coveted coaches in the nation. And with his experience coaching in the state after stints at Texas Lutheran, Texas, Sam Houston State, Texas State and Rice before taking over the reins at Houston, it is easy to be excited as a Longhorn fan.

And say what you want about Strong but he is leaving Herman a talented roster to work with thanks to some strong recruiting. Herman is a known quarterback guru so one would expect he would love to work with Shane Buechele and D'Onta Foreman should once again be one of the top backs in the nation, were he to return next season. There is an opportunity to win right out of the gate next season.

But as we all know, expectations are going to be very high because after all, this is Texas and they are paying Herman a good chunk of change to lead the Horns back to the promised land. Herman has all the pieces he needs to build a power in Austin and I'm inclined to believe that he will do just that.

5 comments:

  1. No one seems to remember Strong took Texas to the Texas Bowl in 2014 (his first year) and lost to Arkansas.

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    1. Texas remembers as well it's fans but keep in mind that they went 6-6 that year & Strong said that wouldn't happen again well that's true because they got worse not better

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    2. I did forget about that so I changed that sentence above to note his lack of a winning record.

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  2. Ben you left out Ohio State Herman was there on the offensive which got the national title 2 years ago his last job before taking the Houston position

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    1. He also left out Iowa State because he was in Ames when they stunned Oklahoma State in 2011 but he was just focusing on the many schools he's been with in the state of Texas

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