You can see the countless sports documentaries already, can’t you? In what could go down in history as an event called the “gentleman’s handshake,” it was Tom Herman’s desire to hear what Texas had to say after shaking hands with LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva that caused the program to pull their offer.
A reportedly livid Alleva had the following to say on the matter:
“It wasn’t about money, it wasn’t that Texas offered. It was about a gentleman’s handshake in place and you reneged.”
After meeting with Herman, Alleva had reached an agreement with Herman that was to be finalized on paper on Saturday morning. Herman was reportedly enthusiastic about coaching the best conference in the country and that was turned off by the “politics” at Texas.
Then, on Friday night, the offer was withdrawn following a conversation with Herman’s agent.
Alleva told Hermans agent: “Don’t worry. I’ve got a guy who wants the job.”
Orgeron handled head coaching duties at Ole Miss for three seasons from 2005-2007 and was 10-25 during his tenure. Herman has coached at Houston for two seasons as head coach and is 22-4 in his career.