If you’re a college football program with an open coaching position, looking for a young coach with ties to a major program there might not be a hotter name than Houston’s Tom Herman.
After helping to guide Ohio State to the 2015 national title as the team’s offensive coordinator, the 40-year-old Herman took the head coaching job at Houston and has the Cougars ranked in the Top 25 and off to a 5-0 start in his first season.
And they’re doing all of that while scoring 45 points per game, good for fourth in the nation.
Maryland has a head coaching vacancy, of course. But according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, during an interview with ESPN 980 on Thursday, Herman to College Park is a long shot.
“I think Tom Herman knows if not this year, next year I’m going to have some really, really good options and I don’t think he’s going to look and go Maryland,” he said.
“As much as there’s good on the table, I think you’d also look at it and go, ‘Well, you’re always going to be probably the fifth-best football power in that division.’ You already got the two Michigan schools, you’ve got Ohio State, and you’ve got Penn State.”
Feldman is right. If he finishes strong at Houston and has another strong year next season, he can have the pick of his jobs after the 2016 season. Who knows what will open up?
For as many resources as Maryland has and the amount of money they might be willing to dish out, the point about the Big Ten East rings true. If you struggle because of uncontrollable circumstances at your first big job, that sets you on a tough path for the remainder of your career.
There is no need for Herman to rush and job offers won’t dry up for him if this trajectory continues. So perhaps College Park won’t move the needle for Herman this season.