Tom Herman took a short break out of his routine yesterday to issue a comment on his hiring as Houston's coach, but otherwise went back to work helping Ohio State prepare to play Alabama in a Jan. 1 semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Tom Herman took a short break out of his routine yesterday to issue a comment on his hiring as Houston's coach, but otherwise went back to work helping Ohio State prepare to play Alabama in a Jan. 1 semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and I to come back to Houston and lead one of the top programs in the country," said Herman, who spent 11 seasons of his coaching career in Texas, three in Houston at Rice. "I am looking forward to working with one of the top athletic directors in the country, as well as chancellor (Renu) Khator in a partnership that will make the city of Houston and the great state of Texas proud."

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Herman agreed to a five-year contract worth $6.75 million, according to Houston officials. He'll make a little more than twice annually what he made as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes.

Herman was one of the initial hires Urban Meyer made when he took over at Ohio State in late November 2011. And Herman will remain with the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff, the Houston announcement confirmed. The championship game will be played on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.

"Tom has done an excellent job for us," Meyer said in a statement. "Our staff and I have enjoyed working with him. … He has been great for our program. He came in and meshed immediately with the coaches and players.

"Houston is not only getting an excellent coach, but an excellent person and family man. I wish him all the best."

Herman, winner of the 2014 Frank Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach, gained renown this season not only for the Ohio State offense, which is averaging 45.2 points and 507.6 yards per game, but also for the way he nurtured the quarterbacks.

Braxton Miller suffered a shoulder injury 10 days before the opener. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 regular-season record and a spot in the Big Ten title game and set one conference record and several school marks along the way. After Barrett was injured against Michigan, Herman prepped Cardale Jones for the conference title game, a 59-0 romp over Wisconsin.

Those were some of the reasons Herman became attractive to the Cougars, said Mack Rhoades, the school's vice president for intercollegiate athletics.

"Throughout this process, Tom Herman's name continued to rise above the rest of the field," Rhoades said in a statement. "He is an extremely gifted football coach, and his aptitude to lead and connect with his student-athletes is special."

Bosa named AP All-American

Sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was named to the Associated Press All-America first team.

Barrett and senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett were named to the third team.

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