A report surfaced Tuesday that South Carolina had a “tentative agreement” with Houston’s Tom Herman to be the next coach of the Gamecocks, but it didn’t take long for athletic director Ray Tanner to deny the claim.
“It’s absolutely not true,” Tanner told writers from TheBigSpur.com and The State.
The report, which came from sportstalksc.com, stated that Herman and South Carolina had an agreement provided that Herman and his wife were on board after a visit to Columbia, S.C., and that Herman and Tanner were ready to work together. The site also reported an interview with Herman is expected to happen as soon as Houston’s regular season is over, which could be as soon as this weekend if the Cougars lose to Navy and do not clinch a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Herman is considered one of the top young coaches in the country, and has been linked to nearly every major coaching availability. This is his first season with Houston (10-1) after helping Ohio State win a national title last season as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator.