Tom Herman is one of the top coaching candidates for just about any available job.

Related: Report: Tom Herman “expected to move on” on major opening due to lack of interest

But Houston’s Tilman Fertitta, the chairman of the University of Board of Regents, has made it clear Herman won’t bolt to make more money elsewhere.

“I do not fear a bidding war for Tom,” Fertitta said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “We’re not going to lose him over money. If he wants to leave, he’s going to leave. I don’t think Tom Herman has any desire to leave over money. It’s because he would want to go to a program where he feels like he personally has a better chance of competing for a national championship every year.

“We will do whatever it takes to keep Tom Herman at the University of Houston. We’re not going to lose Tom Herman because of money. If Tom Herman wants to go LSU or Texas or Oregon or Baylor or wherever else, we cannot stop him from doing that. He’s not going to leave because of money.”

Fertitta continued that Herman is happy at Houston and there’s only a few locations he’d consider leaving for.

Whether that ends up being the likely open job at Texas, Baylor or the clearly vacant position at LSU remains to be seen.

What apparently is already clear is Houston won’t shy away from opening the checkbook to keep Herman with the rising Cougars.

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Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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