Neither Texas coach Tom Herman nor his predecessor made the watch list for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award.
That shouldn’t be a surprise. Both men are heading into their first year at their respective schools, one just got fired, and the other is trying to put that coach’s old program back on track.
However, Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman made a good point when putting out a list of 10 alternate candidates. Both Herman and South Florida coach Charlie Strong made that list. Strong came in at No. 2, while Herman is No. 6.
Here’s Feldman’s reasoning:
Thing is, this award often goes to someone who takes a team that’s seemingly off the radar or isn’t getting enough due in the preseason.
Feldman asserts that the roster Strong inherited in Tampa is capable of running the table. In the case of Herman, he envisions a scenario in which the coach brings the Longhorns back to glory. It’s enough to get any UT fan’s blood pumping.
“The Vegas experts have their win total at 7.5,” Feldman wrote. “I’d take that over. Also, it wouldn’t shock me if Herman’s team goes to L.A. in September and knocks off USC.”
If there is anything Texas fans have learned over the past decade, it’s not to get their hopes up to soon. However, a win over the mighty Trojans — ranked No. 4 in the preseason coaches poll — would throw all that out the window.
It might also jump Herman to the front of the line for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
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