Tom Herman: ‘We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game’

Posted October 16th, 2017


Tom Herman’s regular game-week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma State game has come and gone.

Here are the highlights:

1. He tried to put Oklahoma in the rear view mirror. Herman called the 29-24 loss “gut wrenching” but also that “we’ve got to put that one past us.”


“We understand that losing to Oklahoma is never fun and it’s never easy,” Herman said. “It stings worse than most losses do, but we also understand we’re one of a bunch of one-loss teams in this conference. I feel like the pulse of the locker room is that. They were ready to get back to work yesterday, put last week behind them and move on.”

2. So where are the 3-3 Longhorns at exactly, midway through the season? The first question he took was a big-picture one — how would he grade things, and what does he like and what doesn’t he like?

“We’re here for a reason, and that’s to rebuild this thing from a bunch of years of mediocrity and sub-mediocrity,” he said. “We understand that’s gonna take time. We also want to win right now. We’ve got the playing hard and playing physical thing worked out. We didn’t in Week 1 but do now. We understand when you do that, you can take the No. 4 team in the country to double overtime, you can take being down 20-0 in points to a rival and come back to lead with 7 minutes left. We’ve gotta get our guys playing smarter. We’ve got to reduce the amount of self-inflicted wounds.”

That word “rebuild” was brought back up a few questions later. Herman was asked what his definition of “rebuild” was.

“… This is a process. This is a journey,” he said. “We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game. So we need to be mindful of where we’re headed and the journey that we’re on, but also be urgent with how we get there so we can win and win now.”

3. Finally, the questions over who’s going to start at quarterback are over. Herman didn’t get a single one of those questions. He did, however, praise Sam Ehlinger both as a quarterback and as a young man.

4. Wonder where Collin Johnson was at the Cotton Bowl? Or why Armanti Foreman hasn’t played the last two games? Herman was asked why Johnson had been demoted, whether Foreman had a good or a bad week of practice and if any of his receivers performed at a championship level against the Sooners.

“Collin did not have his best game,” Herman said. “Dorian was playing well, so that’s why. Armanti practiced really well this past week after a good conversation between myself and him and coach Mehringer. However, so did Reggie and Jerrod. Not sure who we want to put on the bench there, if we want to put Reggie or Jerrod on the bench right now. We talked to Armanti and he’s responded to it. Where does that fit, I don’t know. Those guys are playing really well right now. And Jerrod played at a championship level.”

Texas and Oklahoma State kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. It’ll be shown on ABC.

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