The Texas Longhorns have informed NCAA officials that they will not accept a bowl bid if they become eligible.
Herman replaces Charlie Strong, whose entire five-year, $26 million contract was guaranteed when he signed it three years ago.
Herman had been making $3 million as Houston's coach. Bowl sources have also mentioned this possibility, but have requested to remain nameless, because they said the decision should be announced by the school.
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However, on Friday the university told Kevin Lyttle of the American-Statesmen that they would not be accepting any invitation.
The bowl bids awarded to losing teams are based on their most recent Academic Progress Rate scores. There could be as many as five 5-7 bowl teams if South Alabama and Louisiana Lafayette both lose.
Last year, Missouri declined a bowl bid after going 5-7. Texas is fourth among teams without the required six bowl-eligible victories.
It turns out, college players playing their entire career under one coach is not almost as common most of these high-school kids realize. With that being said, it would seem nearly impossible to have Texas ready for a bowl game that would likely happen before Christmas. The resources and revenue Texas possesses won out for Herman, and he will look to put the Longhorn program back into national championship contention.