HOUSTON - University of Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta said getting a new long-term deal with Coach Tom Herman prevented any possibility of a repeat of what happened in 2011.
Herman signed a five-year contract on Friday that will pay him a base salary of $2.8 million per year.
Fertitta said Herman’s deal is significant for UH.
“A lot,” Fertitta said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports and the Houston Chronicle. “His team knows that he’s totally committed to the University of Houston.
“If you remember a few years ago we had a big championship game here and (Kevin) Sumlin was negotiating with A&M at the same time. We knew it. His players knew it. So everybody knows Herman is locked up, and we’ve got a great recruiting class coming in.
Fertitta was referring to when Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was the UH coach in 2011 and the Cougars lost to Southern Miss in the Conference USA championship game.
Fertitta said UH needed to do everything within its power to keep from losing the Cougars head coach, and they did.
A number of schools appeared to be interested in him.
“If you’re going to soar with the Eagles and play with the big boys you got to step up to the plate and that’s what we did,” Fertitta said. We said we’re going to pay him the big dollars. University of Houston is a major university, and we’re going to beat four Top 25 teams this year and we’re going to keep a great football coach.”
Fertitta is proud of the UH board of regents for approving the deal for Herman.
"We have a great board," Fertitta said. "I asked everybody to commit, to let's go and keep this guy and everybody jumped on board. The chancellor was for it. The board was for it and we got it done,"