Last Wednesday, Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports got word that Baylor was trying to convince Tom Herman to leave Houston and come to Waco to coach the Bears. Mundo then reached out to some sources to confirm this info, which they did, and then he reported it.
Well, Herman wasn’t happy. He apparently called the report “ridiculous” and said it was completely without merit.
Mundo, however, isn’t backing off it.
“I stand by it,” Mundo said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I’m not looking to get into a tiff with Tom Herman. I don’t want to be one of those media guys that tries to make a name for himself getting into a fight with some big-time coach. I don’t really care what Tom Herman does, but I stand by the report, and I feel good about it.”
While a few tidbits from the initial report can be questioned – for example, did Herman, 41, meet with Baylor face-to-face or via phone? Did he speak to Baylor directly, or was it members of his camp? – the bottom line holds true: Herman and Baylor were in discussions, and maybe still are, despite the fact that Herman signed a five-year extension with Houston in December.
“I’m not going to sit here and say that any coach that signs a contract extension is true to his word,” Mundo said. “From what I know, he has restorations about the religious aspect of the university and coaching at a religious institution. Maybe he’s also hedging his bets a little bit, seeing what happens with Texas and also at Texas A&M. But I have no doubt that his camp has spoken with Baylor about the job.”
Herman, who helped Ohio State to a national title in 2014 and led Houston to a 13-1 record in 2015, including a 38-24 Peach Bowl win over Florida State, is perhaps the hottest coaching commodity in college football. Houston would love to leave the American Athletic Conference and join the Big 12 – or just about any major conference – but it might not happen.
“Yesterday, Houston was kind of leaking the fact that they were speaking to the Pac-12 about possible expansion there, which obviously to me was simply to put pressure on the Big 12 for an invite, which I don’t think is going to happen,” Mundo said. “But Tom Herman is the hottest head coach in the country. But I get it. He’s going to deny it, he has to deny it, he’s got a season six weeks away, he’s got a big contract extension, he just brought in a fantastic recruiting class with two five-star guys – he’s never going to confirm that. But I stand by the report. It doesn’t mean he’s going to Baylor, it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Houston, but it means there were discussions there and I have absolute confirmation and belief that that happened.”