December 19, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) Tom Herman embraced the challenge when he was introduced as Houston's football coach.

But he didn't move forward into his new role Friday without first paying tribute to his former boss and mentor, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.

At an introductory news conference, Herman said Meyer taught him the importance of competing every day in everything, the importance of a coach earning the trust of his players and ''that the toughest-coached team always has a chance to win the game, regardless of talent.''

Herman said the Cougars ''have a long way to go, but the expectations have been set very high - and should be.''

The former Ohio State offensive coordinator agreed to a five-year, $6.75 million contract to succeed fired Tony Levine.

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