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Simi Valley's Herman is a true Texan now, so coaching Longhorns just feels right

AUSTIN, Texas - Somewhere along the way - from Huntsville to San Marcos to Houston - the young man from Simi Valley became a Texan.

The transformation began with a long drive on Interstate 10, through dust storms and stretches of nothing, as Tom Herman headed for his first coaching job at a small college in Seguin.

Two decades later - most of those years spent on one campus or another in the Lone Star state - Herman tries to recall exactly when he went native.

"Maybe when I first said y'all," he guesses. "I still won't say fixin' to, but y'all makes sense because it's an

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