I think Herman to Houston makes alot of sense.
it certainly will pay him more than he makes now, although OSU could potentially match it if they chose to as Houston would likely pay him a little over $1 million a year.
It is fairly high level ie not MAC low or Big5 high, but has a great recruiting base a new stadium and high expectations of the staff so a great place to prove if you belong or not.
as Briles and Sumlin have shown, success there and fairly quickly lead to a better job at some place like Baylor/ A&M where he could make $3 million plus in short order
for this who think he should wait and take a job at a BIg 5 school, i would be surprised if a Big 5 at the top end of those conferences were to offer him a job, I think he would be more likely to get a job at Purdue or Kentucky or Iowa St and not Auburn, Michigan or Oklahoma.
so is being at Iowa St and making them a .500 or slightly better team a better job than going to Houston an dominating the AAC, honestly i think that is a tough choice even though you might make more money at ISU etc
He has long ties to the state having been at Texas Lutheran (in Seguin which is 160 miles from houston), Texas, Sam Houston St (70 miles from Houston), Texas St (160 miles for Houston) and Rice (actually in Houston) for 11 years, between 1998 and 2008
and as a Buckeye fan i would not be happy to see him leave, think of this as well, who else might he take from this staff to be on his staff in Houston?, could he make someone like coach Johnson his DC? or perhaps Zach Smith.
when Guys like Herman leave they almost always take 1 with them and perhaps a GA or 2 to FT positions, like maybe Vince Oghobaase who is a DL GA who is a Houston native, or asst S&C coach Anthony Schelgel who grew up in Highland Park
or maybe he takes Chris Ash, makes him DC and Co-HC????
I hope he stays, but it would not surprise me to see him go