There are Texas-sized expectations for new Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman, but if you want to call that pressure, he’s having none of it:
Tom Herman on pressure: pic.twitter.com/kUh4crarIA— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) November 28, 2016
Rich Cirminiello of Campus Insiders writes that Herman also shouldn’t feel much pressure because he’s inherited a good situation in Austin.
One big advantage Herman holds over Charlie Strong is that he doesn’t have to succeed Mack Brown and the multiple messes he left behind. Strong recruited pretty well and ran a clean program, so Herman is inheriting a great situation in Austin in spite of the 5-7 records.
Not only that, almost every contributor from this year’s team returns, possibly including star running back D’Onta Foreman.
Here are Herman’s four goals between now and signing day, according to Cirminiello:
1) Assemble a winning staff that blends assistants with Big 12 experience with those not remaining at Houston, ideally former Longhorn Major Applewhite and Oscar Giles and Corby Meekins, who were instrumental in signing five-star D-lineman Ed Oliver.
2) Keep the 2017 class intact, and then build upon it now that staff instability is no longer a concern for recruits.
3) Develop a connection with all of the holdovers before mapping out a plan to make each one better beginning in the spring.
4) Create so much palpable excitement around the program that Foreman elects to be a part of it rather than turning pro early.
And if he can take care of those in the short term, the long term should take care of itself. This forgettable decade of ‘Horns football could be headed for a turnaround sooner rather than later.