With the impending firing of Texas head coach Charlie Strong, boosters and fans alike have turned their attention to who will be the next leader at the University of Texas. The usual suspects, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban, will be rumored to be interested in the job, but there is one name out there that has the most legitimate shot of becoming the next head coach, and he is already coaching in the great state of Texas.
Thats right, Tom Herman of the University of Houston has been the proverbial coach in waiting for the University of Texas for at least a season now. More than two years ago, Herman was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State before taking his first head coaching gig with the University of Houston Cougars. Herman has been linked to almost every big-time program in the country, and has even garnered the attention of some NFL teams.
Herman will bring a solid playbook and, similarly to Charlie Strong, an attitude that attracts players of high caliber. Furthermore, unlike Strong, Herman does not shy away from the big moment. Herman has been an underdog on five occasions with Houston and has won every game, four by double digits.
With the unlimited resources at Texas, Herman could become one of the most up-and-coming coaches in all of college football. Texas is able to recruit like Alabama and Ohio State, and has some of the deepest pockets out of all the college boosters.
The only turn-off about Herman is his inexperience as a head coach. At 41 years old, Herman still has much to learn about the game and will grow with the team. For a young team like Texas, this could either be fantastic, as players will be able to relate to their head coach, or horrendous, as players feels like they are playing for a guy fresh out of his diapers.
If the Longhorns can sway Herman away from Houston, they sure as hell better do it.
Les Miles (UNEMPLOYED) - Les Miles has shown he can coach at a big-time college football program in LSU. While things ended poorly, Miles was able to create a staunch defense and bring massive five-star recruits to Baton Rouge.
Jimbo Fisher (FSU) - Similar to Les Miles, Jimbo Fisher is a big-time name that will be able to attract recruits from all over the country. If Fisher does leave FSU, it will almost certainly be for the job over at LSU. However, when Texas' gig was open in 2013, Fisher was reportedly a finalist.
Larry Fedora (UNC) - This is not the big and sexy name that everyone was looking for, but Fedora is a hell of a football coach. Born in College Station, TX, Fedora has roots in the area and has propelled North Carolina into the conversation as a legitimate threat in the ACC.