How Herman, Morris are building Houston, SMU

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There's no blueprint for this. There's no specific, detailed set of instructions on how to run a college football program, especially when it's your first time.

That's not to say that new head coaches, Houston's Tom Herman and SMU's Chad Morris among them, do not come armed with a plan. Those plans differ, naturally, because each school, program and situation is different, unique in its own positives and drawbacks.

Herman and Morris have plenty of similarities: previously successful Power 5 offensive coordinators; coaching backgrounds in Texas; beginning their college head-coaching careers at American Athletic schools in two of the largest cities in recruit-rich Texas. And yet SMU and Houston are different jobs, which means Herman and Morris have attacked their first few months in divergent ways.

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