CFN recently ranked the top ten college football head coaches on the rise and coming in at #1 is Houston’s Tom Herman. From the article:
No young coach in college football has more upward mobility or bargaining power than Herman. And it’s not even that close.
Herman is a borderline household name in coaching circles after leading the Cougars to an American title, a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Florida State and a top 10 ranking. The exclamation point came on Signing Day, with a historically good class for Houston. Right now, Herman, who’s just 40 and won a national title as an assistant with Ohio State, can write his own ticket. It’ll be up to the Cougars to turn the program into a destination spot. It’s getting there, though somehow joining the Big 12 is a must to get to that next level.
We agree! Herman certainly has done an excellent job over his career, the past two seasons especially.. leading Ohio State and the Coogs both to incredible seasons. Kudos to CFN for also recognizing that it’s up to the UH administration to make Houston a destination program verses automatically assuming Herman has one foot out the door.
Just because a job is at a “Power 5” school doesn’t mean it’s worth a coach taking it. Sometimes the bigger programs have unrealistic expectations (Nebraska) and the competition is so fierce it’s very hard to keep a spoiled . fanbase happy (Auburn). Ask Kevin Sumlin if he wishes he was back on Cullen Boulevard winning 10-12 games a year and having an easy road to the NY6 bowl games verses being in the SEC West.