Texas Makes Final Decision About Tom Herman
Texas made a final decision about Tom Herman.
Herman, 44, was seen as something of a potential savior for the Longhorns when he was hired.
When Texas ultimately racked up 10 victories and a bowl game win versus Georgia last year, some thought the hype might actually be real.
Unfortunately the wheels really fell off at Texas this season.
When it was all said and done the Longhorns did not even come close to living up to the dreams of challenging Oklahoma for a conference crown.
Texas finished the year 7-5 yesterday, and it left many wondering whether Herman was in fact the right man for the job.
Following the team’s seventh win of the year Texas AD Chris Del Conte came out and addressed Herman’s future.
“I think we’re all disappointed because of expectations. We all had great expectations,” he said Friday.
“At the beginning of the year, everybody thinks you’re going to go undefeated and win a national championship. Right? So anything short of that, you’re going to be disappointed.
“There’s so many things that have went right and went wrong throughout the year, but that’s what happens. … But I’m also very fired up for our seniors, proud of how they played today, excited about the foundation that they’ve laid.”
In other words: Herman’s safe for another year.
What about his assistant coaches, though?
“At the end of the day, Tom is his own man,” Del Conte said.
“He’s the coach, he has the blueprint, I understand what he’s trying to do and get accomplished and when you’re in the swarm you also have to step back and say, ‘Hmm, let’s look at it all.’
“We are all disappointed from our expectations; I am not disappointed about where we’re at today.”
Will Herman ultimately be able to turn things around next year? It remains to be seen. But if he doesn’t, it is hard to imagine him receiving the same sort of leniency next year that he got this year.