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Reports: Baylor Met with Tom Herman; Herman Denies

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This morning, Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports wrote:

Heartland College Sports has learned that Baylor University and Houston head coach Tom Herman have already touched based via a face-to-face meeting regarding the possibility of Herman becoming the next head coach of the Baylor Bears. Herman’s agent was recently in Waco to discuss the position.

Mundo’s article is not long, and I’d encourage everyone to read the full piece. He goes on to add:

Baylor has big money donors that will pay Herman at least what Briles was making (closing in on $6 million), if not more. According to our sources, Herman has interest in Baylor because the players and recruits from the Briles regime are similar to that of his current scheme at Houston.

Also, when it comes to the possibility of an opening at Texas or Texas A&M that may supersede Herman’s interest in a place like Baylor, that is, according to our sources, not true. Being the head coach of the Texas Longhorns is just as much a political job as it is a football job, which is reportedly not of nearly as much interest to Herman.

Colt Barber of Bears Truth, Baylor’s 247 site, tweeted this:

The Tom Herman news comes one day after Baylor hired Mack Rhoades as athletic director. Rhoades hired Tom Herman as the head coach at Houston when Rhoades was the A.D. for the Cougars. Herman led Houston to a 13-1 record last season, including a win over Florida State in the Peach Bowl.

Herman makes $3 million at Houston, according to Chip Patterson of CBS. If Baylor is willing to pay $6 million, which remains to be seen, then they should be an attractive spot for Herman.

I’d caution this is very early in the process. There are a million things that can happen between now and January. But Herman is one of the biggest names in coaching, and Baylor appears to be serious about landing him.