Texas football fans are starved for a competent head coach, that much is clear.
This past week’s loss to Iowa State pushed the Longhorns’ mark with Tom Herman at the helm of the program to 5-3 for the year and 30-18 over the past four seasons.
Even quarterback Sam Ehlinger, arguably the biggest casualty of Herman’s perpetual ineptness, has had enough. When asked if his head coach got the most out of his players, the young prospect replied: “That’s the million dollar question everybody’s trying to figure out the last 10 years.”
Herman is on his way out. But who will replace him?
A few days ago, rumors began to circulate that Urban Meyer was emerging as a very serious contender to take over as Texas’ head football coach.
This past week, that speculation intensified when eagle-eyed Longhorns fans noticed something in the background of one of Meyers’ interviews.
According to the fans, Meyer seemingly taped his interview at Horseshoe Bay, a resort near Austin, Texas.
The resort in question is about 55 miles Northwest of Texas.
So what does all this mean?
It goes without saying that Meyer would be a massive upgrade over Herman if Texas could swing some sort of deal. He is 187-32 as a coach and was 83-9 at Ohio State from 2012-2018. His track record speaks for itself.
Beyond that – money clearly isn’t a problem for the Longhorns. The program would easily be able to withstand Herman’s $15 million buyout, and Meyer could secure a massive contract should he want one.
The question at this juncture is whether athletic director Chris Del Conte is willing to pull the trigger and do what will inevitably need to be done sooner rather than later.
If either Kansas State or Kansas beat Texas and the Longhorns end the year with four to five losses, suddenly the argument to get rid of Herman becomes much simpler. However, if they win out, Conte may be inclined to ride it out with one more year of mediocrity.
What will Texas do? Time will tell.