AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — After a whirlwind weekend in Longhorns sports, the University of Texas at Austin is making sure everyone knows about Tom Herman coming back to Texas. Herman was flown from Houston to Austin and landed before noon on Sunday to get ready for the day’s news conference.
With the newness barely setting in, Herman started his speech by thanking all the fans in Houston.
“I want to give a heartfelt thanks to the University of Houston… the Houston campus and the greater community and most of all the exceptional young men. Houston will always have a special place for me and my family…But now we’re home,” said Herman, who admitted to crying in front of his UofH team when he told them about his departure Saturday.
An hour before the new conference, Herman met with his team to discuss some expectations and what they can expect after the Christmas break.
“I’ve been here six hours and the most important thing for me right now is the players in the locker room. We’ll let the staff piece play itself out over the next couple of weeks,” said Herman. In some ways, Herman’s words about building young men echoed that of recently-fired Charlie Strong’s.
“You have the opportunity to affect young mens’ lives in a positive manner all the while winning championships.”
With former UT Coach Mack Brown in attendance, Herman took a chance to say thank you to his former boss. “I also want to take this time to thanks Coach Brown, you’re a mentor and a friend… 17 years ago, who dreamed of being like you.”
Herman was a graduate assistant at Texas under Mack Brown from 1999-2000 where he received his Master’s in Education. Herman also coached at Texas State where he was an offensive coordinator in 2005 when they made it to the Division 1-AA semifinals. Before going to Houston, he was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014 when they won the national championship.
“The opportunity to come back to Texas is a dream come true for me and my family, and I can’t thank President Fenves and Mike Perrin enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity,” Herman said in a release Saturday. “Longhorn football has been – and always will be – a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base.