Tom Herman’s first season ended with a victory at the Texas Bowl in December, a winning season and some hope of bigger, better things ahead. That win came just weeks after the then first-year coach wrapped up a massive recruiting class and more recruiting momentum was on the way.
Five months later, where does Herman rank among his Power 5 peers in the grand scheme of college football coaching?
CBS Sports’ list of the top coaches in Power 5 football began on Tuesday with the Nos. 65-26 debuting and Herman landed just outside the top 25 according to the site, ranking No. 28– the same spot he had in 2017.
You have to think he’ll either climb into the top 25 next year, or possibly outside the top 40 depending on how 2018 goes. “
The rankings included thoughts of several of the site’s college football writers, including Dennis Dodd, who ranked the Longhorns No. 16 on the list. Dodd also has the Longhorns ranked in his post-spring way-too-early top 25.
Being outside the top 25 on a meaningless coaching list produced in early May isn’t going ruin Herman’s day, but he can be pleased that he ranked higher than a handful of veteran coaches with long track records, like Louisville coach Bobby Petrino (No. 29), USC coach Clay Helton (31), South Carolina coach Will Muschamp (37) and LSU coach Ed Orgeron (56).
The coaches that finished just in front of him include one who has coached for a National title, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, and another young up-and-coming coach who is 19-8 in two seasons at Virginia Tech, Justin Fuente.
CBS has not released the top 25, but we’re guessing a guy from Alabama is No. 1 and Tom Herman’s old boss at Ohio State is probably two or three on the list.
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