Tom Herman addressed LSU rumors on Friday, shooting down the notion he has one foot out the door by saying, “don’t believe anything that you read.”
As most folks settled into a nice tryptophan-induced calmness on Thursday evening, the coaching carousel began to spin violently.
Jimbo Fisher rebuffed LSU’s advances. Tom Herman was reported to potentially have a deal in place with LSU by weekend’s end. LSU’s AD released a statement refusing to comment on the coaching search. Houston’s AD claimed that only Baylor had asked to speak with Herman, and that neither the coach nor his representatives had mentioned any discussions with LSU. Speculation ensued that the reports were little more than posturing and leveraging by Herman’s camp.
So much for a quiet Thanksgiving.
On Friday afternoon, prior to his team’s game against Memphis, Herman spoke with ESPN regarding the flurry of rumors. When asked about how he addressed the situation with his players, Herman answered succinctly: “Honesty. [I told them] Don’t believe anything that you read.”
Could he confirm that the reports from Thanksgiving are false?
After being asked how has he instructed his agent to talk with potential suitors, Herman shut down the conversation and steered the ship towards the task at hand: facing Memphis.
“I’m not going to talk about any other job than the one I have now, and [discuss] these kids. There’s nothing to handle but beating Memphis.”
Falling in line with both Herman and Houston AD Hunter Yurachek’s assertions that no dialogues have taken place, Bruce Feldman reported Friday morning that LSU did not meet with anyone in the Herman camp on Thanksgiving.