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USA TODAY: Texas Could Target Hugh Freeze, Larry Fedora, Others If Can't Get Tom Herman

Tom Herman is priority No. 1, 2 and 3 for Texas if the Longhorns decide to make a coaching change.

USA TODAY's Dan Wolken is reporting that Texas, if it can't hire Houston's Tom Herman, will likely target the following head coaches:

  • Florida head coach Jim McElwain
  • North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora
  • Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze
  • Washington head coach Chris Petersen
  • California head coach Sonny Dykes


The key, according to one person with knowledge of the industry, is what happens at Texas. If Charlie Strong can’t save his job, Texas is expected to pursue Houston coach Tom Herman. But if that marriage falls apart for whatever reason, it could trigger a series of dominoes that impact multiple top-25 programs. Among the names that could be mentioned in connection with Texas are Florida’s Jim McElwain, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, Washington’s Chris Petersen, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and California’s Sonny Dykes. It’s also likely Fisher, Fedora and Freeze will be in play at LSU if interim coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t do enough to be elevated permanently.

Out of those five, Petersen is probably the most-accomplished, and with Washington having a potential College Football Playoff season, his stock is as high as ever.

Who would Texas fans be most-happy with out of that group?