HORNS BACK, AND IT’S NO JOKE Texas earns its forth­com­ing ap­pear­ance in Big 12 ti­tle game in Her­man’s sec­ond year

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Sports - MIKE FIN­GER Com­men­tary

Tom Her­man says his team over­achieved to get this far, and he de­serves to take some credit for that. Any time you go from man­gling “Of Mice and Men” to play­ing for a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in less than three months, you’ve earned the right to feel a bit self­sat­is­fied.

Plenty of peo­ple were wrong about what Texas would be­come this fall, and per­haps none more so than the oc­ca­sion­ally sneer­ing au­thor of this col­umn. Twelve weeks ago, af­ter a dis­play of in­ep­ti­tude and neg­li­gence re­sem­bling count­less oth­ers at UT in re­cent years, Her­man was mocked here for in­sist­ing these Longhorns were dif­fer­ent.

The joke, as it turned out, was on me. Let the record show that Her­man’s charges were bet­ter pre­pared and gave a more con­sis­tent ef­fort than any UT team in al­most a decade, and that the Longhorns’ forth­com­ing ap­pear­ance in next week’s Big 12 cham­pi­onship game against Ok­la­homa is no fluke. They earned ev­ery bit of it.

But be­fore we get too car­ried away, we also should ad­dress the whole idea of “over­achiev­ing,” and the caveat Her­man al­most cer­tainly is aware of:

In this gig, he gets to use that word only once.

Maybe that’s un­fair, con­sid­er­ing how badly the pro­gram has sput­tered since

Cooper Neill / Associated Press

Tom Her­man says Texas “over­achieved” this sea­son, but in his job, he gets to use that word only once.

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