Tilman's take: Next UH football coach won't be able to easily leave Cougars

Tilman Fertitta says Tom Herman leaving wasn't about money. It was about Herman's desire to compete on college football's biggest stage.

HOUSTON - The next head football coach at the University of Houston will not be able to quickly use the program as a stepping stone to another job, according to Tilman J. Fertitta, the Chairman of UH's System Board of Regents.

Fertitta told KHOU reporter Matt Musil that Houston's next football coach won't be able to leave the program after two years because, "We're going to write the contract differently."

Tom Herman left the Cougars for Texas after compiling a 22-4 record in two seasons. He was introduced as Texas' new coach on Sunday.

Fertitta emphasizes Herman did not leave over money. "This isn't about money," he said of Herman's decision. "Its about competing for national championships every year."

Herman said the hardest thing he's ever had to do was stand in front of his Houston players and tell them he was heading to Texas. "I cried in front of them, and I cried when I left," he said of his his meeting Saturday with the Cougars.


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