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Herman has all assistants on 1-year deals to keep them motivated

12up logo 12up 2/22/2019 Mike Luciano
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Now that ​Texas is officially back, ​Tom Herman wants to keep the Longhorns in the Big 12 Title picture. ​

Almost all position coaches and assistant coaches on Herman's Texas staff are on one-year contracts. The reason? He doesn't want anyone getting comfortable. 

​​Certainly a cool motivation tactic, but Herman is keeping his most trusted assistants well compensated. Recruiting wizard and offensive line coach Herb Hand is still getting comfortably compensated on a long-term contract. In addition, quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Tim Beck and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando are still among the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NCAA.

​​A couple of those coaches coming in on short-term deals include former Kansas head coach David Beatty and former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. 

​​After years upon years of Camping World Bowl appearances and disappointing 8-5 seasons, Herman and his staff finally struck gold with his Sugar Bowl-winning campaign last year. He needs his assistants to bring their A-game if he wants to both maintain that level of excellence and potentially unseat Oklahoma. 

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