When programs make a coaching change like the Texas Longhorns did on Saturday by firing Tom Herman after four season and subsequently hiring Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian hours later, the former head coach doesn’t normally have a forum for releasing statements.
On Monday, more than two days after Herman was fired, he released a statement that made its way to Pete Thamel.
Tom Herman releases a statement. Short, genuine and no mention of bosses, board members or boosters. So about what would be expected. pic.twitter.com/jFJxNP8ieC— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 5, 2021
What’s next for Herman isn’t clear — he was floated as a potential offensive coordinator candidate at Alabama in an initial list on 247Sports, but his track record as a head coach at Houston and Texas is probably good enough to land a Group of Five or lower-to-mid-tier Power Five job in the near future.
With a $15 million buyout from Texas that will hit his bank account at some point — 1-0 LLC is about to have a generational-wealth victory — Herman doesn’t have to be in a hurry to find a new situation and can pick and choose whether he believes that an offensive coordinator gig or a head coaching job will best suit him moving forward.