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Tom Herman talks to the media during a news conference where he was introduced as Texas' new head NCAA college football coach, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Bohls: What do Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney think about Tom Herman and Texas?

Posted January 11th, 2017

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo- and Big 12-related items:

Dabo Swinney’s and Nick Saban’s thoughts on Texas and Tom Herman:

“Greatness is for everyone,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday morning after winning the school’s first national title since 1981. “It’s not just for the Alabamas and Ohio States and Notre Dames and Texases.” Texas hopes it’s for the Longhorns again soon, and new coach Tom Herman has a great relationship with the Clemson staff and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, who has visited Herman the past three offseasons. And Nick Saban raved about Herman when I asked him at media day, calling him “one of the finest coaches in college football. Great personality and fine offensive mind.”

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On OU’s loss of 2 running backs to the NFL:

Don’t feel too sorry for Oklahoma, which loses both running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon to the NFL. In addition to a pair of four-star tailbacks who have committed and Marcelias Sutton, the No. 19 nationally ranked junior college player from Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, Bob Stoops is likely to look to current true freshman Abdul Adams and redshirt freshman Rodney Anderson, who hurt his neck last summer.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock attends the ESPN College Football Playoffs Night of Champions at Centennial Hall on January 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for ESPN)
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock attends the ESPN College Football Playoffs Night of Champions at Centennial Hall on January 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for ESPN)

On whether the college football playoff will be expanded to eight teams:

Don’t expect any expansion of the College Football Playoff any time soon. If you’re like me and would savor a six- or eight-team playoff, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told me the look-in at the CFP’s 12-year contract comes in three years. But he said, “I’ve seen no groundswell calling for change” among college presidents and athletic directors for increasing the number of teams. The look-in involves only decisions by the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach bowls about whether they want to remain among the six locations that host the CFP finals and semifinals. “They could expand, but that’d be based on the leadership wanting to change the current format,” Hancock said. “There’s no language in the contract that allows for other changes, and I don’t see any movement for change. The leadership is very pleased with the way it is now.” Besides, Hancock said, protection of the regular-season significance remains first and foremost. “One thing about going to eight teams, what would that do to the Ohio State-Michigan game? It’d still be a great game, but both would have been in the playoff this year (with eight teams),” he said. “We don’t want to do anything to diminish the regular season. The focus on that is unwavering. Also, the disappointment Team 5 for being left out would be the same disappointment Team 9 would feel.” … Three members of the CFP selection committee rotate off, including Condoleezza Rice and Barry Alvarez. I’d love to see Steve Spurrier and Peyton Manning on the committee.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Dabo Swinney’s sense of humor and the CFP media party, click here.

 

 

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