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Tom Herman: "Successful football is more than what offense and defense you run"


For the past few weeks, Tom Herman has been splitting time between being Ohio State's offensive coordinator, and focusing on his new role as the head coach at Houston. Fresh off of wrapping up the national title Monday night though, he has his feet down firmly in Houston, and is off and running.

During his first full day in Houston, Herman took some questions from reporters, and when asked about selling to recruits the Ohio State offensive scheme that torched Oregon for 42 points Monday night, Herman reminded the media of what's important when building a program.

"Successful football is more than 'what offense do you want to run?' Or 'what defense do you run?'" he reminded them.

"People have won national championships running all different kinds of offenses and all different kinds of defenses. That's not what it's all about, although I do think that it's a selling point for individual players, I think more so, you sell the culture of winning."

"Every situation is different, every staff is different, I've been to the mountaintop and seen how it's done. It's no longer what I'm telling you, or preaching to you, It is not theory's testimony. It's been done, because I've been there, and I've seen it." Herman explained.

"It's not always going to be easy. It's not always going to be fun, but at the end of the day if we're all striving to the goal of winning a championship, we feel like we've got a pretty good handle on how to get there."