HORNS BACK, AND IT’S NO JOKE Texas earns its forthcoming appearance in Big 12 title game in Herman’s second year
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
Tom Herman says Texas “overachieved” this season, but in his job, he gets to use that word only once.