University of Houston gives Herman raise in first season

HOUSTON (AP) Tom Herman has already earned a big raise in his first season as Houston's football coach.

With Herman attracting interest from higher-profile schools, the University of Houston System regents voted Thursday to negotiate an amendment that would more than double his salary to $3 million a year and increase his performance incentives. Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta says the money will come from donors and auxiliary revenue.

Herman now earns $1.35 million a year in base and non-salary compensation under a five-year contract. The Cougars are 10-0 and ranked No. 13 in The Associated Press poll, and Herman figures to be in position to move on if he wants. Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said Wednesday that Herman would be among the quality candidates to succeed retiring Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel.

Herman was the offensive coordinator for Ohio State's national championship team last season.

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This story has been corrected to show that vote would increase salary to $3 million, not by $3 million.

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