AUSTIN, Texas -- Tom Herman said all the right things expected of the head coach of the University of Texas at his introductory news conference Sunday night: He thanked Mack Brown, he saluted the states high school coaches, he opened his door to Texas alumni, and he promised championships.The University of Texas is a place, a special place, that deservedly holds a seat among college football elite, Herman said. We will win championships. We will build men of character. We will graduate our players, and we will do it all with integrity and with class.Texas new coach, hired away from Houston?on Saturday hours after the school fired Charlie Strong, expressed his excitement about coming home to the school where his coaching career began 17 years ago. He said he has no worries about the pressure and scrutiny that come with leading the Longhorns.I think pressure is that uneasy feeling that you feel when youre unprepared, he said. Pressure is self-inflicted. Pressure is self-doubt when youre unprepared. Were prepared for this job. Were prepared for success at this job. Were prepared for adversity in this job. So I dont feel any sense of pressure at all.Herman praised Texas high school coaches multiple times, as well as Brown, who gave Herman his first job as a Texas graduate assistant in 1999 and attended the event Sunday.Hes only been a head coach for two years, but hes been really good for those two years, Brown said. Does he have what it takes to win a championship? I think he does.Forty-five minutes before the news conference, Herman held a meeting with his Texas team to lay out his expectations for the program. He said he understands why this might be a difficult time for the players, considering their love and support for Strong, who went 16-21 in three seasons at Texas.I told them -- I think it was the thing I led the meeting off with -- A lot of you were very close to Charlie and shouldve been. Hes a heckuva man and a heckuva football coach. I told them some of the things well do in our program will be similar too, Herman said. But I also told them that the definition of insanity is repeatedly performing the same act and expecting different results. We need to change some things.Herman vowed that Texas will have the best-trained team in America and the most physically and mentally tough team on the field, and hes excited to begin recruiting for the program. Herman did not offer details regarding his coaching staff, but at least four of his assistants at Houston are expected to join him in Austin: offensive line coach Derek Warehime, tight ends/fullbacks coach Corby Meekins, defensive line coach Oscar Giles and cornerbacks/special teams coach Jason Washington. Herman said hell meet with Strongs assistant coaches on Monday to determine whether any will be retained.I think Im the right guy because I surround myself with great people, Herman said.He plans to talk soon with Texas running back DOnta Foreman, who led the nation in rushing with 2,028 yards this season, to gauge the juniors interest in returning next season versus entering the NFL draft.Herman said he has given no thought to the possibility that the 5-7 Longhorns could still be invited to a bowl game based on their APR if the bowls are unable to fill all the slots with 6-6 teams. Texas president Greg Fenves said if Texas gets an invite next Sunday, Herman will make the call as to whether to accept.Fenves said he and athletic director Mike Perrin met with Herman on Friday night and negotiated and finalized the terms of his deal Saturday morning. The terms of Hermans five-year deal with Texas have not yet been released but are expected to be approved by the UT System Board of Regents this week.Herman, who went 22-4 in his two seasons at Houston, offered his truly heartfelt affection for the school, its leadership, the community and the players he coached.What I did yesterday -- to tell the University of Houston players that I was leaving -- was the hardest thing Ive ever done in my life, he said. Im not ashamed to admit it: I cried in front of them and cried when I left.But what he has accepted at Texas, Herman said, is the opportunity of a lifetime.You have my word that I will work every day to be a program that you are proud of, he said. Custom Baseball Jerseys Outlet . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jerseys . 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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia has been known for its defense for years. So far the Mountaineers offense has been putting on quite a show.Esa Ahmad tied a career-high with 14 points, Nathan Adrian added 12 and the No. 19 Mountaineers cruised to a 100-41 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. This is West Virginias first back-to-back games with over 100 points since the 1996-97 season.The Mountaineers (3-0) started off a little stale in the opening minutes, trailing the Wildcats (2-2) 4-1 after 1:52, but then went on a 22-2 run over the next 6:30 to take a commanding lead midway through the first half.Included in that 22-2 run was an impressive play by Jevon Carter with a little over 12 minutes to play in the first half. Just as the ball was about to go out of bounds, Carter somersaulted in the air with the ball and tossed it to Teyvon Myers who was there for the dunk.I was just playing hard, said Carter. I didnt know that he would be there. Were just taught to throw it back under the basket when were going out of bounds.West Virginia ended the game with another run in the second half outscoring New Hampshire 36-9 in the final ten minutes.Ahmad led six Mountaineers in double figures. Lamont West had 13 points, Adrian and Jevon Carter had 12 and both Teyvon Myers and Tarik Phillip had 11.I feel like I have been aggressive (in the first two games), said Ahmad. I definitely see myself taking more of a leadership role. Along with JC (Carter) Nate (Adrian), of course you look at those guys as leaders but I definitely look at the role too.West Virginia also continued its heavy press presence, scoring 47 points off of 34 New Hampshire turnovers.Yeah, (New Hampshire head coach) Billy (Herrion) is a really good coach and they are really good in half-court if you saw their Templle game, said Huggins.dddddddddddd They make adjustments, they make great reads on screens and we try not to let people run what they want to run and we were pretty successful at it today.Iba Camera had a double-double for New Hampshire with 10 points and 12 rebounds.The thing you really look at is how hard youre competing and we did not compete nearly as hard as you need to compete against a team that plays as hard as they do, said New Hampshire head coach Bill Herrion. Thats why the spread was what it was. Thats why we lost by what we lost by.BIG PICTURENew Hampshire: The Wildcats shot 30.4% from the field against West Virginia. This is their third straight game scoring below 36% from the field.West Virginia: The Mountaineers continue to dominate with their press, but their performance at the foul line is very inconsistent. WVU shot 55% after shooting 73.7% against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 14POLL IMPLICATIONSWith West Virginias dominant performance over the last two games, and losses by both No. 13 Michigan State and No. 15 Purdue, look for the Mountaineers to gain a spot or two in the AP Top 25 on Monday.FRESHMEN PHENOMSLamont West led six West Virginia freshmen with 13 points. Four of these six freshmen saw more than 10 minutes on the court and accounted for 35 points and 17 rebounds.PRESS VIRGINIAWest Virginia forced 34 New Hampshire turnovers, the second-most opponent turnovers in WVU school history (36 against VMI on Nov. 26, 2014). The Mountaineers have scored 107 points off of 81 turnovers so far this season.UP NEXTNew Hampshire hosts Detroit on Wednesday.West Virginia takes on Illinois in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn on Thursday. ' ' '
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