MENSA member (and Houston Cougars coach) Tom Herman knows games are won in the trenches.
His Cougars are 3-0 and head to Tulsa on Saturday, and normally, boosters would sit in the front of Houston's plane.
But the boosters don't move bodies up front.
Herman has been very vocal the big fellas getting things done in the trenches will be the driving force behind his team. And for that reason alone he, his coaches, his players and so on will treat them like first class. The offensive and defensive linemen are first in line before others no matter what they’re doing [eating] or where they’re going [away games]. In fact up until Coach Herman took the reigns, Houston boosters occupied first class seats when the Cougars traveled to away games. Not anymore. Louisville marked the first game where it all changed. Coach calls his linemen “gladiators” because they literally bleed on the line week after week. In football nobody gets pounded harder than the front 5. He said if he wants to treat them like first class, he wants to give them first class. He wants to make sure they’re comfortable and taken care of because they take care of us on gamedays. Here’s a shot of Ben Dew and Zach Johnson enjoying the legroom and extra few inches. I’m sure they’re enjoying the extra snacks too. Just kidding. Okay, I’m not kidding.
Herman is feeling himself, you can tell. But why wouldn't he? Dude will be the most sought-after coach in America in due time.