Houston, Tom Herman agree ‘in principle’ to new deal

Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman and the university have agreed “in principle” to the terms for a new contract, per a pair of tweets from Mark Berman of Fox26.

.@CoachTomHerman says he's reached agreement in principle on a new contract with @UHouston

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 30, 2015

.@CoachTomHerman on contract negotiations w/ @UHCougarFB "We've agreed in principle is the best way to put it.We're working out the details"

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 30, 2015

This news is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it comes shortly after Herman received a significant pay raise from the university, upping his salary to $3 million a year, and just a few days after Herman took himself out of the running for the coaching vacancy at South Carolina, but one day after he expressed interest in the Georgia job. Now, it appears that Houston is going above and beyond to retain the former Ohio State offensive coordinator.

And that isn’t at all a surprise, considering how Herman led the team to an 11-1 record and a date with Temple in Saturday’s AAC title game in his first season as a head coach. Considering how the team wallowed in mediocrity in three-plus seasons under Tony Levine previously, the fact that Herman got everyone to buy in so quickly is a sign that he needs to stick around for a good long time.

Given this new contract, that’s all but a certainty at this point.

Herman will look to end his first season in Houston with a bang on Saturday, as kickoff against Temple is slated for 12 p.m. ET on ABC.

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