Braxton's back for another year. Now his mentor is too.
On Thursday, quarterback Braxton Miller made it official — he would return for his senior season at Ohio State. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman didn't make a similar announcement, but Bobby Burton of 24/7 Sports, a leading voice in coaching searches, is reporting Herman is staying put with the Buckeyes.
Horns247 has learned that Buckeye OC Tom Herman will remain at Ohio State.— Bobby Burton (@BobbyBurton247) January 11, 2014
Texas appears to have made a run at the man who makes the Buckeye offense go. New UT head coach Charlie Strong - also a branch of the Urban Meyer coaching tree - knows proven commodities: Ohio State finished 3rd among FBS teams in total offense. Back in 2011 the Buckeyes finished 108th.
In related news, look for Herman's paycheck to get a nice bump very shortly. At the Orange Bowl, Gene Smith said million dollar coordinators would not be coming soon to the Buckeyes.
Ohio State already lost one assistant coach this week after defensive line coach Mike Vrabel bolted for the NFL's Houston Texans to be Bill O'Brien's linebackers coach. The loss of Herman would have been even more severe. He, along with Meyer, is the brains behind the Buckeyes' record-setting offense and Miller's production.