Tom Herman is a good football coach but an even better promoter when it comes to talking to the media. He's a veritable Vince McMahon behind the mic.
On May 12, while at the Rotary Club in Houston, Herman took what could only be seen as some verbal jabs at in-state conference rival SMU. According to Houston Chronicle's Joseph Durarte, Herman said SMU is OK with being mediocre and like playing in a bowl game so ancient it hasn't existed in 20 years.
"In order to pay the price, you've got to be willing to invest. Guess what? There's prices for nine-win seasons. There's prices for eight-win seasons and seven-win seasons and six-win seasons. Those prices are a lot easier to pay. And if you're satisfied with going 7-5 and going to the Poulan Weedeater Bowl, then great. Then you're in the wrong program and we'll find a place for you to go. I hear there's a private school up in Dallas that's really looking to try to get to seven wins. We can certainly find you a home. We are into building championships here."
Chad Morris hasn't responded to Herman's shade, but I doubt Herman stops talking with this considering the very vocal appearances he's made already this offseason.
SMU plays Houston at home on Oct. 22; this game may or may not have some extra intrigue for 2016.