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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Tom Herman on leaving Houston for Texas: ‘I sleep so easy knowing that I never once lied to a player’

Posted April 20th, 2017


On a day where one of the state’s best 2018 players and Houston native listed the Longhorns in his top 10, Texas coach Tom Herman went on Houston radio to clear the air about his exit from the University of Houston.

Herman, who was the head coach at Houston for two seasons and went 22-4 at the school, left the Cougars in late November 2016 to become the head coach of Texas. He faced a massive backlash from Houston fans for the way he exited, the rumors swirling around LSU before Houston’s game against Memphis, a loss and generally the whole situation.

Herman doesn’t get it. Telling “The Proper Gentlemen of Sports on Sport Talk 790,” Herman doesn’t feel bad about anything:


“Some of the vitriol confuses me a little bit from the Coog fans considering what we were able to do and accomplish there in 23 months and the fun and the wins that we had.

“I sleep so easy knowing that I never once lied to a player, never once lied to a recruit, and never once lied to any coaches or administration. Those are the people I care about. Whatever the public thought was happening behind closed doors is really not for me to say. It’s unfortunate that people can twist and turn things to fit whatever narrative they’d like it to fit in.”

On Malik Jefferson: “He’s got to get a ton stronger. When we got here, Malik Jefferson bench-pressed more than he squatted.”
On Connor Williams: “He’s the anchor of the offensive line.”
On what he was surprised with after he took the job: “I’d heard about these back to back top 10 recruiting classes, and I was surprised that there was not as much depth here as there would seems to be with two ballyhooed recruiting classes in back-to-back years.”

Listen to the full interview:




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