SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) –Texas head coach Tom Herman and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham were in San Antonio Thursday for a Alamo Bowl press conference.
This is the first time Herman has talked about his decision to replace four assistant coaches including both offensive coordinator Tim Beck who remains as the quarterbacks coach and Todd Orlando who is not on the staff anymore. “They (players) all love coach Orlando as do I and my family and always will,” Herman said. “The players, there was a lot of them that felt like they let him down, but at the same time I think there is a lot of positivity, excitement of what the future can hold. I think they all know especially on the defensive side of the ball, the level of play was not consistently to the standard of the University of Texas and that it needs to improve and they were very appreciative of myself and our administration for addressing that fact and making sure we play better and produce at a much higher level on that side of the ball.”
Herman said that the search for replacements is going well and he is not putting a time table on making those hires.
Herman said that senior receiver Collin Johnson is progressing well from the hamstring injury that forced him out of the lineup the last three games and in all played in just six games, and is expecting him to be ready for the Alamo Bowl.
This showdown with Utah gives Texas a chance at an eighth win this season. A win over the Utes would be a positive end to an otherwise disappointing season.
Utah will be the second straight bowl opponent for Texas that just missed a shot at the playoffs. If the Utes had beaten Oregon in the Pac 12 championship, they likely would’ve been in a battle with Oklahoma, the Big 12 champion, for that fourth and final spot in the playoffs. Last year, Texas played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl after the Bulldogs lost in the SEC championship game and missed a berth in the playoffs.