Texas Head Football coach gathered outside of Gregory Gym to give away free pizza and meet students as they get ready and prepare for finals on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Like Tom Herman, SMU is using rap music to bond with players and fans

Posted April 12th, 2017

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It’s well-documented that University of Texas football coach Tom Herman is a big hip-hop fan.  He definitely knows his Top Three rappers, and is open to discussion on who he would include in spots Four and Five.

He even once sported a grill while he was at the University of Houston after he led the Cougars to an American Athletic Conference championship in 2015. (That grill was fitted by no less than Houston rapper Paul Wall.) His playlists for Longhorn practice often include 90s- and 2000s-era hip-hop and rap classics.

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It looks like Herman’s use of hip-hop as a means to connect with his players and his program’s fans has caught on in other areas of the college football universe.

A recent Dallas Morning News profile of the Southern Methodist University football team revealed that head coach Chad Morris really likes Dallas rapper Big Tuck.

Morris uses Tuck’s 2004 Dallas anthem “Southside Da Realist” as a way to bond with his team and to get Mustangs fans hyped.

He’s also danced to the song before, as this video from the Mustang’s Instagram account shows:

This makes us wonder if there’s secretly an underground rap-battle scene involving Texas college football coaches. Given that Herman is a fan of Dre, Pac and Em, he would probably win that hypothetical word battle, but who knows.

Read more about the Longhorns and rap music here.

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