Tom Herman accepted the job at Texas knowing that he’d be subjected to a lot of scrutiny.
The man who previously held his position was put through hell by the fanbase, and was the subject of media scorn before calling a single play as the coach. The expectations in Texas are always to win, and Herman believes he will get them there eventually. But he isn’t trying to sell any false hope this season.
The first year coach of the Longhorns recently questioned why his Texas Longhorns team was ranked in the top-25 in the country prior to the season starting.
Tom Herman on Big 12 conf call: "I don't know why we're ranked in the Top 25. I hope it's not because of me … We are a 5-7 team."
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 28, 2017
Texas finished 5-7 last year under coach Charlie Strong. They finished 5-7 the year before that under Strong as well. Coach Herman isn’t saying anything that should shock Texas football fans.
He’s wise to temper expectations at the premier program in one of the countries most football-crazed states. A modes improvement over the 5-7 record the Longhorns posted last year would be considered a significant step int he right direction.
If he can manage to win as many as seven games, it will be the winningest season the program has since 2003 under coach Mack Brown.
Texas could very well be a program on the rise, but coach Herman doesn’t want people to have unreal expectations about the upcoming season. He’s doing something coach Strong never did, and that’s addressing the fans and the media head on with honesty, even if his comments won’t be well received.
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