University of Houston officials have had “very general conversations” about a contract extension for Cougars football coach Tom Herman, but athletic director Hunter Yurachek said Tuesday that the school’s offer would have “to be reasonable,” ESPN reports.
Herman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator who is in his second season with the Cougars, agreed to an extension last December that more than doubled his salary to $3 million annually, including incentive escalators, through the 2020 season.
He has guided Houston to a 19-2 record while winning the American Athletic Conference title and beating Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, fueling speculation that Herman would leave after the season for a job in a Power 5 conference.
Herman has a $2.5 million buyout clause in his contract if he opts to leave before Feb. 28, 2017.
“We’re committed to making it very hard for him to leave here at this point,” UH athletic director Hunter Yurachek told SB Nation 1560 AM on Tuesday. “Somebody is going to have to come and really take him and offer him something really phenomenal, because we are going to make it really hard for him to say no to the University of Houston.”
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