Tom Herman and Houston Upset in Memphis
Houston won’t admit it, but all the Tom Herman talk this week distracted the Cougars, and it showed the moment they kicked off. In a thriller, Memphis scored in the final seconds to secure a 48-44 victory in what will be Herman’s final regular season game at the school.
Anthony Miller was unstoppable for Memphis (8-4), going for 169 yards on 15 receptions and 2 scores, including the game winner. Greg Ward Jr. had an incredible second half for Houston, and ended throwing for 499 yards and 4 touchdowns. The game featured nearly 1,000 total passing yards and over 1,100 total yards from scrimmage. Memphis led 21-10 after the 1st quarter, and 34-17 at the half, dominating the line of scrimmage, and taking the fight right to the shell shocked Cougars.
Houston will now collectively await to see how the Tom Herman coaching saga pans out. The team will likely end up in the Miami Beach Bowl, a far cry from the hopes of a New Years Six or playoff birth. as for who will coach them if and when Herman departs, that is anyone’s guess.
Views of Tom Herman being overrated quickly poored in via Twitter during and after the Memphis loss.
Breaking: Texas\ LSU prepared to offer Tom Herman the largest contract ever tendered to a coach losing to Memphis at halftime.
— Chris Dufresne (@DufRankman) November 25, 2016
Really like Tom Herman. But a university likely is going to give $8 million a year to a guy who lost to Navy, SMU and Memphis this year
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) November 25, 2016
So Tom Herman has lost three times this year as a double digit favorite — to Navy, SMU and Memphis — and he’s a coaching genius?
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 25, 2016
Reports were surfacing during the game that the school was going to offer one last effort to retain Herman.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 25, 2016
While wins against Oklahoma and Louisville look good, losses against SMU and Memphis as double digit favorites does not bode well if you are trying to convince the LSU fan base you will fare any better than Les Miles in the SEC.