Did a last-second loss to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday change the calculus for the Texas Longhorns regarding Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman?
Not according to a report from Horns247 following Friday’s defeat by the TCU Horned Frogs — the Texas brass hopes to interview Herman on Saturday.
Also tentatively set for Saturday is a meeting between embattled head coach Charlie Strong, president Greg Fenves, and athletic director Mike Perrin.
Though Strong said in his post-game press conference that he hasn’t heard anything about his future and told players he looks forward to returning in 2017, the most likely scenario is that Strong is fired or resigns following that meeting.
The biggest competition for Texas with Herman could be LSU, which was reportedly close to a contract with the Houston head coach before the Tigers soundly defeated the Aggies on Thanksgiving.
According to reports on Friday, Herman is still the top choice in Baton Rouge, with current interim head coach Ed Orgeron representing the back-up plan.
Houston defeated No. 5-ranked Louisville less than two weeks ago, but after a third Cougars loss to a lower-rated opponent this season, there are increasing concerns about whether Herman is a can’t-miss coaching prospect.
Over the next 24 hours, Fenves and Perrin will have to decide whether Herman is worth the risk.