Herman strikes me as a guy with an entrepreneurial bent. Guys like that obviously want to make lots of money, but the big picture goal is to build something you can be proud of and stake your name to. And building something like that takes time. I’ve pointed it out several times on these boards and to friends who think he’ll leave for any kind of P5 raise, but the way he negotiated his extension last year gave me a ton of confidence that he intends to stay for a while. Why else would new and updated facilities play such an important role in the discussions? If he just wanted more money until a better job offer came along, he wouldn’t have wasted his time asking for facilities and tying his buyout to timelines on those facilities. It was public knowledge that the Board had authorized an annual salary up to $3,000,000. He ended up with $2,800,000. Why? Because he wanted to use that extra $200,000 to pay his coordinators more. Todd Orlando turned down a job at Wisconsin to stay here. I’m sure Applewhite intends to stay put too. I firmly believe that’s because Herman has sold them on his long term vision for building this program into a monster and they want to be a part of that. They also know, with solid evidence, that Herman will make sure they are taken care of.
Herman is building something great here. A program an entire city can be proud of. A legacy for himself and his family. A potential dynasty on the field. He’s not done yet…not even close. I don’t believe for a second that he’s going anywhere any time soon. Certainly not LSU. As he continues to win, he has unfinished business here and entrepreneurs don’t move on while things are going well.
I may yet prove to be naive on this, but I don’t think I am. We’ll see.