Tom Herman

Houston coach Tom Herman stands on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

John Minchillo

Before facing Memphis on the road Friday morning in Houston's season finale, coach Tom Herman told ESPN not to "believe anything you read," referencing LSU and Texas' reported interest in hiring him.

"I'm not gonna talk about any other job except the one I've got now and these kids," Herman said.

Asked if he could confirm reports about his future -- whether it's coaching at Houston or any other school -- Herman said, "Absolutely. Sure."

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday night linking Herman to the job at LSU, some even citing that a deal was final. The reports, according to, sparked Texas officials to meet with the coach's agent late Thursday, and reported that Herman "hasn't ruled out an offer from Texas."

Two sources told The Advocate that there was "no done deal" with Herman, and LSU said as much in a late-night statement Thursday, revealing that no decision on a coach had been made.

Meanwhile, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva declined comment to The Advocate on the initial report from HornsDigest.comthe site covering the University of Texas. It surfaced at 6:17 p.m., just 15 minutes before 25th-ranked LSU kicked off against No. 22 Texas A&M. reported Herman was close to a deal to be named LSU's coach, and later followed with a report that the Tigers have "zeroed in" on Herman as their next coach. 

"I decline comment on that and any other report that's out there," Alleva told The Advocate from the A&M press box minutes before kickoff.

The Advocate reported Sunday that university leaders met over the weekend to devise multiple plans that were expected to be executed this coming weekend, and that the list of candidates included Herman, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and interim coach Ed Orgeron. 

LSU was expected to make a push at its leading candidate, Fisher, the 51-year-old former Tigers offensive coordinator. reported Thursday night that Fisher elected to remain at Florida State, prompting the Tigers to shift their focus to Herman.

Texas could affect LSU's plans to hire Herman. The Longhorns are expected to fire coach Charlie Strong after Saturday’s season finale against TCU, according to multiple outlets. It adds a desperate and wealthy player to the field of those searching for new coaches.

Herman served as a graduate assistant at Texas in 1999-2000, and many reports have tied his future to the job in Austin, Texas.