They posted videos on social media of a locker-room celebration following the big win over Texas A&M to cap the regular season.
It turns out the Longhorns have found a worthy opponent for Turkey Day - themselves. Before becoming a head coach, Herman was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Ohio State from the 2012 season through 2013 and also has served as an assistant at Iowa State and Rice beforehand.
LSU played the game as rumors continued to swirl regarding who its next head coach would be. After mounting a comeback, the No. 20-ranked Houston Cougars were unable to hold on against Memphis, losing 48-44.
Later in the day in Austin, Strong's Longhorns had their second consecutive bad performance. "It was first and second down". Against the top four teams in their division (Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss), the Aggies are a dismal 3-13.
USA Today reported that LSU officials on Wednesday night met with agent Jimmy Sexton, who represents Fisher. Herman's defense gave up 555 yards and 34 points in the first half Friday, numbers that certainly aren't going to cut it next year against Nick Saban at Alabama or Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.
After the flurry of reports had LSU zeroing in on Herman, with perhaps an announcement coming as soon as Saturday following a reported face-to-face meeting Thursday, FootballScoop.com reported that "representatives of the University of Texas do not believe Tom Herman has agreed to become LSU's next head coach and are on their way now to meet with his representatives". Will they seriously consider making a change? The reports prompted LSU's vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva and university administration to issue a statement denying they had chosen a new coach and praising Orgeron's work since taking over in September when Les Miles was sacked.
Tilman Fertitta, the UH board of regents chairman, said he "does not fear a bidding war" with other schools to keep Herman.
"I want Coach O to stay", he said. But you have to have somebody who knows how to run it.
Armstrong, along with the Texas boosters, could have spent Thursday pulling a lot of strings by feeding information to hungry reporters.
It seems to have thrown Texas and LSU into a high-stakes game for Herman, something that LSU's leaders had hoped to avoid. By acting honorably in favor an honorable man, the Texas leadership displayed its naïveté for all to see.
"My plan is to take my time and assemble the best staff in America", Orgeron said Saturday.
Before Urban Meyer won three national championships, he was coaching Utah to an undefeated 2004 season and a BCS bowl bid. Texas Tech and Baylor are both winless in November. The Aggies had a chance for an invitation to the Sugar Bowl if they'd beaten LSU.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Chark took an end-around 7 yards to the right corner of the endzone. The first also was in the SEC - at MS in 2005.
Texas has always been considered the favorite to land Herman, but the Longhorns were not expected to make a move regarding embattled head coach Charlie Strong until after they played their final game against TCU on Friday. Since 2010, the Longhorns have a 30-32 Big 12 record and overall are 46-42. It's also the most yards ever gained against an Aggie defense.
Ensminger was LSU's former tight ends coach before being promoted to coordinator when Miles and former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron were fired in late September.