Say what you want about how he left us. Herman was an excellent buzz creator. And yes, marketing begins with a winning program. But Dana has no buzz creating skills. Not sure if the sports marketing folks can handle it by themselves.
After the pandemic, we need a concerted effort by everyone in the program to get folks involved. Even the spring practices weren’t even a blip on the radar.
Herman inherited a team that just won 8 games and FIRED the coach, to say expectations were high is an understatement. In addition, he was considered the winning lottery ticket after just winning the Natl Champ at Ohio State. Easy to create “buzz” with that “buzz” that already exists.
Holgy didn’t walk in to such an easy setup.
The Lying Coach stepped into a team full of top talent and several future NFL guys. Period. CDH did not have that luxury. PLEASE give the guy a chance to develop and build depth. This year we will be better and will build on that.
Herman interviewed all the time. Other than that, what did he do to generate buzz? Getting to the Peach bowl created the buzz for the next season. My point is winning is real buzz, nobody cares if Dana is on TV all the time if his team is losing. That is not good buzz.
I still say his impact was overrated and it belittles the people actually working in marketing. Maybe it was fun for diehard fans, but it didn’t show up in the stands until we won like 10 straight. Exhibit A: 7-0 #18 ranked Houston plays Vanderbilt on a Saturday night and only 29k announced attendance. Even the following week for homecoming against Cincy at 8-0, 32k. Same attendance as the 2014 season against a bad Tulane when we were 5-3.
I just don’t think if Dana starts kissing players or re-tiling the floors that it will lead to wins. One thing I guarantee, if we start off 10-0 then we will sell out and be all over the major tv networks even if Dana never does a single interview all year.
True and the Vanderbilt game was on Halloween. I remember the threads of people upset about attendance and typical back and forth which excuses are valid. We count tickets sold though so weather only would impact walk up sales but real buzz would have sold that thing out a week before. The Memphis crowd was awesome though, finally got that place filled.
Is there a Tom Herman talk sh*t thread? That guy is a true snake oil salesman. Leaves UH after (2) years. Goes to UT, his 'home" school and loses big game after big game. Now he’s out of college football. Hope he doesn’t get another gig. Guys a phony.
Most of his former UT players weren’t fans of him either. I wonder why? Probably practiced them to death and didn’t get them NFL ready.
Look, screw Herman, but it’s kind of funny that we’re talking smack about only getting 29k for a game against a trash Vandy squad when we only averaged 25k two seasons ago. Also not that it matters but Halloween games really haven’t been a huge draw for us. That Vandy game was the best attended game we’d had on Halloween since 1970 according to Wikipedia (Tulsa in the Dome).