Yeah, the most I see coming out of the rumors from tOSU is a pay raise for Herman after the bowl game.
Look at how many guys from Urban's Florida staff got head coaching jobs. If Ohio St dominates the B10 like I expect they will, Herman should have no problem moving up quickly. When is the last time an ISU assistant was hired for a head coaching job? Florida had three assistants get HC jobs in Meyer's last two years at Florida alone.
The bottom line is, you're arguably overstating the case for ISU and without question understating what Ohio State might have to offer Herman in this situation. You're positioning this as a no-brainer that Herman would stay when it is anything but.
Lets hope he doesn't leave. Herman is a fantastic young coach.
Dan McCarney went from BCS school to released, and used his relationship with Meyer to work out a deal with North Texas. Steve Addazio went to Meyer after being let go as an OC. Now he's HC at Temple. Charlie Strong? He went from DC at South Carolina (a good job) to DC at Florida (a better job, same position). Dan Mullen went from Utah's QB coach to Florida's OC/QB. Whittingham (if you are counting him - he was Meyer's at Utah) also went bing-bing-bing promotion.
Greg Brandon, incidentally, went from Utah to HC at BG, and then to that mess at Virginia, and now he's lost in Wyoming. Mike Sanford? Yeesh. Can't imagine a bigger train wreck. Tim Beckman's on the Meyer Tree, but the bulk of his opportunity came at Okie State.
So, out of all the stepping stones that head coaches have taken through the Meyer ranks, none of them took a demotion from Meyer in order to accomplish that (with the theoretical exception of Dan, who had to take that route for obvious and unique reasons.)
There's a reason for that.
Herman shouldn't jump (and won't, I'm confident) at the step-down when he can have a ton of fun and better opportunity remaining an OC (at ISU or elsewhere.)
I would hate to lose Herman right now with the potential that our offense has going into next year. It would also kill program continuity AGAIN, and even though I think our overall talent will be higher next year there would be the learning curve all over again. Right now we have a lot of young guys on offense who have a year of significant playing time under their belts and they looked like the light was turning on at the end of the year.
Important thing to note.... None of these guys were position coaches. Every single one of them was an OC or a DC on a national championship team.
I fully understand and accept that if we are successful CTH will move on to greener pastures. However, for the sake of our program we need a few more years to get the system to a point where it's on auto-pilot.
Part of the reason Iowa has been so successful is that KOK and Parker have been there for so long they all know exactly what their schemes are going to be.