Gregory L. Fenves, Tom Herman and Executive Senior Athletic Director for UT Austin and Athletic director Mike Perrin poses as the show the hook’em sign after the press conference in the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room of the Belmont Hall on Sunday, November 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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LISTEN: Tom Herman speaks about building coaching staff at Texas

Posted December 21st, 2016


As Texas coach Tom Herman continues to build his staff, it’s easy to start looking for trends.

Where have these guys coached before? What schemes have they run in the past?

While there may be some patterns developing — many of the new coaches were on Herman’s staff at Houston — Herman has said scheme is less important than trust and teaching skill. He spoke about that during a recent interview on Sirius XM College Sports Nation.


Listen to a clip from the interview below or keep reading for excerpts.

“Everybody runs the same blitzes on defense. Everybody runs zone read and curl-flat in the pass game, or four verticals — you name it. There’s no secret offense, there’s no secret defense,” Herman said. “It’s how good are the players that are doing it, in terms of how well did you recruit? And then, what is their reason? What is their passion? What drives them and how well are they developed?

“The X’s and O’s are so far down the list of what makes a great coach, because everybody does the same thing. It’s not important what you know from a schematics standpoint, it’s ‘how great of a mentor are you? How great of a teacher are you? How good of a recruiter are you?'”

Herman also went on to speak about new positions he’s adding to the program which he referred to as “support staff.” This is an area he said was lacking when he arrived at Texas in relation to schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson — schools that are in this year’s College Football Playoff.

“President (Greg) Fenves and (Athletic Director) Mike Perrin have been great in terms of allowing me to create a number of positions, whether it be recruiting positions, graphic positions, operations positions,” he said.


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