John E. Hoover: In Tom Herman’s first open date, Longhorns spent a lot of time on themselves

John E. Hoover: In Tom Herman’s first open date, Longhorns spent a lot of time on themselves

Texas coach Tom Herman stands on the sideline during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. USC won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Every day is a new day for Tom Herman in 2017. Every time the Texas coach does something on the Forty Acres, it’s a first.

This week, he’s coming off his first open date as the Longhorns’ head man. On Thursday at Iowa State, he’ll coach his first Big 12 Conference game — and his first midweek game.

In his first season, Herman and his staff are constantly learning about the players, and vice versa.

“Oh, tons,” Herman said. “As much as you put them in scrimmage-like situations — and we’re as game-like in our practice settings as probably anybody in the country — there’s still nothing that quite replicates game day.

“There’s definitely some trial and error involved. As many practices as we’ve been through, there’s still a getting-to-know-each-other process early in the year.”

Texas (1-2) visits the Cyclones (2-1) in a nationally televised 7 p.m. game at Jack Trice Stadium.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at



Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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