Tom Herman On Renewing Texas-Texas A&M Rivalry: "That's Unfortunately Above My Pay Grade"

Josh Clark
May 07, 2018 - 12:29 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - University of Texas head coach Tom Herman joined Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan Monday morning to discuss the latest with his program, including the possibility that they renew their rivalry with Texas A&M on the football field.

Here are some of the highlights from his appearance:

On the Dallas Cowboys drafting former Longhorn Connor Williams: 

"Unfortunately, we only had Connor for less than a year, but his impact for us was terrific. He was voted a team captain," Herman said. "I know he got hurt the third game of the season and missed some significant time throughout the course of the year, otherwise, he would have been and probably should have been a first-rounder. I think the Cowboys got an absolute steal.

Connor's best attribute is probably his versatility. I've told people he's athletic enough to play on the edge at tackle. He's strong enough to play at guard. He's smart enough to play center. He's a great student-athlete that's making great grades here at our McCombs School of Business, so we're really really excited for Connor."

Texas-Texas A&M Rivalry renewal:

"It's unfortunately above my pay grade. I do wish we could figure something out," Herman said. "Clemson and South Carolina figure it out. Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech ... the list goes on and on with teams that are in-state rivals but happen to be in different conferences ... they find a way to play every year. I think hopefully at some point here soon we will." 

Will they split snaps at quarterback this season:

"I hope one of those guys takes the bull by the horns and takes the job over," Herman said. "The really good part is they both had great springs. They both really rose to the challenge individually with what we needed them to improve on (Sam Ehlinger & Shane Buechele). So we'll go in to training camp with that battle locked up, but hopefully within a couple weeks of training camp somebody will emerge."

Will Herman take over play-calling duties: 

"I have no idea. It's really way down my list in terms of priorities. Play calling around here, I really wish people would listen. It's very collaborative. I'm very involved in the offense ... (I) was last year and I will be this year. And I don't understand why people are so hung up on that," Herman said. "We're going to sink or swim on offense based on how well I manage that room. I cut my teeth on that side of the ball, coaching quarterbacks. I didn't call a single play at Houston. Major Applewhite called them. Now, was I involved in the offense just like I was here, yeah ... who says the word (calls the specific play to run), it's irrelevant."