AUSTIN — Texas Longhorns football coach Tom Herman has received some national recognition after upsetting Oklahoma.
Herman has been named to the 2018 Dodd Trophy midseason watch list by The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The watch list includes 17 coaches and was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field.
Herman had a rough start to the season after losing to Maryland but has since led the Longhorns to five wins in a row. He said at his weekly press conference on Monday that it's good for him and his team to keep the outside "noise" from being a distraction.
"Roughly about 24 hours after the game ended," Herman said about beating OU, "and I was up to 197 text messages. I got nine after we lost to Maryland. I got nine. So I think these guys understand that the people in that locker room and the people in our program are the ones that are going to love 'em and be by their side regardless of outcome, regardless of ranking, regardless of what is said about 'em."
Here are the current members of the midseason watch list for the award.
- Paul Chryst - Wisconsin (Big Ten) - No. 15 (4-1)
- Dave Doeren - N.C. State (ACC) - No. 20 (5-0)
- Luke Fickell - Cincinnati (American) - No. 25 (6-0)
- James Franklin - Penn State (Big Ten) - No. 8 (4-1)
- Jim Harbaugh - Michigan (Big Ten) - No. 12 (5-1)
- Tom Herman - Texas (Big 12) - No. 9 (5-1)
- Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia (Big 12) - No. 6 (5-0)
- Brian Kelly - Notre Dame (Independent) - No. 5 (6-0)
- Mike MacIntyre - Colorado (Pac-12) - No. 19 (5-0)
- Ed Orgeron - LSU (SEC) - No. 13 (5-1)
- Chris Petersen - Washington (Pac-12) - No. 7 (5-1)
- Mark Richt - Miami (ACC) - No. 16 (5-1)
- Lincoln Riley - Oklahoma (Big 12) - No. 11 (5-1)
- Nick Saban - Alabama (SEC) - No. 1 (6-0)
- Kirby Smart - Georgia (SEC) - No. 2 (6-0)
- Charlie Strong - South Florida (American) - No. 23 (5-0)
- Dabo Swinney - Clemson (ACC) - No. 4 (6-0)