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Tom Herman Refers To His Houston Program As "Ohio State South"

It's only taken a little more than a year for Tom Herman to build Houston into a College Football Playoff contender. 

The Cougars' head coach led the program to a 13-1 season in 2015 and has the AAC program thinking national title this fall. 

He's been able to do this, in part, thanks to what he learned from Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Most of Meyer's former assistants-turned-head coaches model their programs after Meyer's and Herman is no different. 


"This is a bit of Columbus south if you will, or Ohio State south," Herman said as we sat down with him for an exclusive sit-down interview in the U of H football offices. "There is probably about 90-percent of what we do is based on what I learned from coach Meyer."

Herman is quick to admit that he and Meyer may not have identical personalities but their approach is very much the same and Herman carried many lessons that he picked up at Ohio State forward with him.

"I think the plan and the accountability and the alignment of everybody that touches your student athlete from your assistant coaches to your strength staff to your training room to your academic people, everybody that touches your student athlete, the message has to be the same," Herman added. "That was one of the biggest things that I learned from him, that alignment throughout the department of everybody that touches your football team."

Ohio State-Houston in the College Football Playoff?

Yes, please.