The 2019 Texas Longhorns season was hardly the kind of year that head coach Tom Herman was hoping for. Despite preseason national title hype, the Longhorns went just 7-5 in the regular season, settling for sixth-place in the Big 12 and a win in the Alamo Bowl for an 8-5 finish. After the season, the Longhorns made a ton of coaching chances, leading Herman to take an unconventional approach to dealing with the transition.
According to Texas insider Anwar Richardson, Herman is set to meet with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in South Bend today. The topic will reportedly be “how to succeed after a coaching overhaul.”
Apparently, Herman wants to learn from the best how to improve after a down year – something Kelly has plenty of experience with. Kelly improved the Fighting Irish from a 4-8 team in 2016 to a double-digit wins over the next three years after revamping his coaching staff.
Texas has hired Mike Yurcich from Ohio State as their new offensive coordinator. They’ve also hired former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash to be their defensive coordinator. That’s a ton of change on both sides of the ball in a very short amount of time.
Texas football coach Tom Herman will spend Thursday in South Bend learning how to succeed after a coaching overhaul from Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, according to my sources. After a 4-8 season in 2016, Kelly's new staff finished 10-3 in 2017, 12-1 in 2018, and 11-2 in 2019 pic.twitter.com/8HLCoZKq85
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) February 27, 2020
Tom Herman is 25-15 overall since taking over Texas in 2017, but 17-10 in Big 12 play. Two of his three seasons have ended with eight wins or fewer.
Going into 2020, the Longhorns have a superb recruiting class and arguably the best QB in the conference. Being out of contention for the Big 12 title by mid-November is probably not an option.
Will Herman be able to lift the Longhorns into double-digit wins in 2020?