Texas head coach Tom Herman and former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones may forever be tied together thanks to Ohio State’s run to a national championship in the 2014 season, the first year of the College Football Playoff. Herman, as a quarterback coach for the Buckeyes at the time, was a big influence on Jones, who had stepped in for an injured J.T. Barrett at the end of the season and the postseason run. Now, Herman is carving time out of his schedule as the Longhorns head coach to return to Columbus in a show of support for Jones.
As reported by Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com, Herman turned down an invitation to join Migos and Chance the Rapper at a concert in Austin so he could be there for the graduation ceremony for Jones.
“They told me Migos and Chance the Rapper were gonna be here (in Austin) on Sunday, the seventh and wanted to meet me,” Herman said to Feldman. “I said ‘No, I’m gonna be in Columbus.”
That should be a good testament for how much the relationship the each and player have to this day. It turns out, as Herman explained to Feldman in the interview, Herman was a big reason why Jones was able to stick with the Buckeyes as long as he did.
“[Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer] wanted to kick him out of the program multiple times. It fell on me and Michelle, and so to see him get where he has got and mature the way that he has matured,” Herman explained. “Wow. It’s what we always talked about. You don’t have to be stuffy and buttoned-up to know when to say what and keep your mouth shut.”
If Herman is responsible for keeping Jones in check, then maybe Herman deserves a little more credit for Ohio State’s run to the College Football Playoff national championship than suspected.
Tom Herman, the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns, has come a long way in his career. It was just a few years ago Herman was the hot assistant coach on the rise who would soon lead the Houston program to a New Years Six bowl game and a 22-4 record to make him a leading candidate for the Longhorns job. As he prepares for the biggest job of his career, Herman reflected on one of his previous jobs from his high schools days and explained how he got fired from the job.
Herman was employed by a Subway sandwich stop, and he apparently had a thing for pastrami. Having had the pastrami at Subway before, I can understand his craving. Unfortunately for Herman, his love for pastrami would be his undoing as he got caught eating as much as he could in secret. He explained the ordeal to The Dallas Morning News;
“I used to love the pastrami,” he says. “They had those big walk-in refrigerators. I was standing in there one day, with the door shut, just throwing pastrami in my mouth.
“It was like something out of a movie. I’ve got this bin of meat, throwing meat in my mouth, the door swings open and it’s the owner.
“He goes, ‘Get out. Don’t come back.’ “
Herman held many jobs before getting into the coaching business including at a tuxedo shop, a batting cage, multiple radio positions (he remains no stranger to making headlines on radio airwaves to this day) and even as a highlight coordinator for NFL on FOX.
“This was back when they recorded games on those big laser discs. I was a highlight coordinator. My job was to go in and watch games, watch and type. Basically every time the camera frame changed, I had to log it as something: ‘Emmitt Smith rushed for 4 yards. . . . Close-up of Jimmy Johnson on the sidelines . . . 37-yard field goal.’
“That way, when you’re watching Packers vs. Vikings, young Tom Herman has his eyeballs on the Cowboys vs. Redskins game. When J.B. (James Brown) and Howie (Long) cut into your game and say, ‘Let’s give you a quick update,’ you’d see highlights and they would read information I typed.”
That time spent breaking down highlights may have come in handy.
After a brilliant debut season as a head coach with the Houston Cougars, Tom Herman is the talk of the town. Herman served as the grand marshal of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade this weekend, riding by horseback at the front of a parade.
Herman’s family got to ride in a carriage in the parade.
Houston is coming off a 13-1 season that included a victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl and the first American Athletic Conference football championship game victory over Temple. Herman’s successful first season as a head coach after being an assistant at Ohio State led to him being one of the more high profile coaches on the rise but Houston managed to keep him happy in Houston with a new contract.
Houston head coach Tom Herman had no reason to feel upset about the developments that unfolded on National Signing Day. Coming off a 13-1 season with the American Athletic Conference championship and a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State, the Cougars carried the momentum into the end of the recruiting cycle by landing a five-star player (a true rarity for a Group of Five program) and the top recruiting class among Group of Five programs. Still, the end of the signing period leads to a moment to unwind and release the tension that builds up over the months of hard work on the recruiting trail.
What better way to do that than by beating the living crap out of the seldom used office fax machine? Herman, flanked by Houston Assistant AD for Football Operations Fernando Lovo and Director for Football Sports Performance Yancy McKnight took it to their fax machine once they were done using it for the year.
It turns out the Houston version was pretty faithful to the source material, the cult classic Office Space, including the high leg drops.
Bravo, Houston social media team. Bravo.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive back Marlon Humphrey and Clemson offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will be playing a rather important game in just a number of hours, but they each received one more honor for the 2015 season. Each was named to the Freshman All-America Team on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers were among some of the more household names appearing on the Freshman All-America team from the FWAA on Monday. The FWAA also included first-year Houston head coach Tom Herman as its First Year Coach of the Year. Herman beat out finalists Jim Harbaugh of Michigan and Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh. The Freshman All-American team featured 10 redshirt freshmen this season and included 12 players for both offense and defense, with five more specifically for special teams.
2015 FWAA Freshman All-America Team
- QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
- RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
- RB Mike Warren, Iowa State
- WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
- WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee
- WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
- OL William Clapp, LSU
- OL Will Noble, Houston
- OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
- OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
- OL Connor Williams, Texas
- DE Walter Brady, Missouri
- DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
- DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
- DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
- LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
- LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
- LB Malik Jefferson, Texas
- DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State
- DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
- DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
- DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh