With Mark Richt out at UGA, we already know that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has been strongly linked to the school’s coaching vacancy. Now it looks like Bulldogs fans can add another hot young coaching name to the list of possible candidates: Houston coach Tom Herman.
Herman, who has led Houston to an 11-1 record in his first season as head coach, would be “highly interested” in bolting for UGA, according to Josh Newberg of Dawgs247.
Herman had previously been tied to the South Carolina opening, but the latest word from that potential pairing was that Herman is no longer interested.
Herman was part of Ohio State’s national championship run last season where he served as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. His offensive style, which incorporates several elements of the spread, is far more new-era than the pro-style, traditional scheme that Richt ran for more than a decade at UGA. Whether that would affect UGA’s next recruiting class, and particularly the commitment of 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason, would be an interesting factor to consider with Herman.