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Texas hires top choice Tom Herman as head coach

Tom Herman

Charlie Strong is out, Tom Herman is in. The University of Texas officially fired Strong after Texas lost to TCU on Friday, replacing him with Houston head coach Herman.

In a statement released by Texas, Herman said, “Longhorn football has been – and always will be – a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base.”

Farewell, Charlie Strong

Everyone knew the announcement was coming, but it became official Saturday morning. Charlie Strong was released from his contract after three losing seasons as head coach at Texas. The university hasn’t won a Big 12 title since 2009, and Strong was just 16-21 in his three years.

Strong’s original contract was for five years guaranteed, which means Texas still owes him nearly $11 million.

Hello, Tom Herman

Tom Herman only has two seasons of head coaching experience, but he was one of the most sought after this season, with a 9-3 record (22-4 overall with the Cougars). Several schools allegedly extended offers to Herman, most notable LSU – but Texas sealed the deal.

“Tom was the hottest young head coach in the country the past two seasons, and I am thrilled we are able to get him back to UT to lead Texas football,” university president Greg Fenves said.

Herman was also offensive coordinator at Ohio State when they won the 2014 season national championship and graduate assistant at Texas under Mack Brown.

The new coach says he’s not worried about the pressure that comes with this new job. “I think pressure is that uneasy feeling that you feel when you’re unprepared,” he said. “Pressure is self-inflicted. Pressure is self-doubt when you’re unprepared. We’re prepared for this job. We’re prepared for success at this job. We’re prepared for adversity in this job. So I don’t feel any sense of pressure at all.”

At least four of Herman’s assistants will join the coaching staff at Texas: offensive line coach Derek Warehime, tight ends/fullbacks coach Corby Meekins, defensive line coach Oscar Giles, and cornerbacks/special teams coach Jason Washington. Herman is meeting with the current assistant coaches this week to decide if any of them will be kept on.

He’ll also be sitting down with running back D’Onta Foreman to gauge the junior’s interest in returning for one more year versus entering the NFL draft. Herman already has vowed to work hard and make sure the Longhorns under him are the most disciplined and physically and mentally tough.

“You have my word that I will work every day to be a program that you are proud of,” he said.

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