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Texas announces Tom Herman as new head football coach

Texas set to hire Houston's Tom Herman as head football coach, report says College Football Rumors: Texas Longhorns, Fired Charlie Strong, Hired Tom Herman & Common Sense
Zaira Scannapieco | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 13:08

The Charlie Strong era is over at Texas.

"I thought they might make us wait a long time before they found a new coach, so I was happy that it was pretty quick and the transition can start quickly", Schubert said. The Cougars will definitely see themselves in a bowl game with most likely someone other than Herman in charge as they look to fill the void left by Herman's exit.

"When President Fenves, Mike and I met late last night and into the morning, I came away very impressed with their unified vision and commitment to football, and I'm excited to be the head coach at the flagship university of the greatest state in the union". He ends his tenure in Austin with a 16-21 record, 12-15 in the Big 12, with his conference record worsening with every passing season.

I am grateful for the contributions Charlie Strong made to our athletics program and the community.

Tilman Fertita also mentioned that it is going to be a tough decision to make. I have the utmost personal respect for him.

But he didn't win enough games at a school that sits in the middle of one of college football's most fertile recruiting grounds and boasts one of the wealthiest athletic programs in the country with its own ESPN-partnered television network.

Herman's been atop the leaderboards for multiple teams searching for stability at the head coach position. I wish Tom and his family the best as we begin an immediate search for the next leader of our championship caliber program.

The Longhorns, 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12 following Friday's 31-9 loss to TCU, again failed to clinch a bowl bid in 2016.

As the defense slowly improved under his guidance, the offense seemed to slow down, culminating in an unexplainable loss to Kansas.

Strong released a statement of his own after the firing saying, "It's a very hard day for me, my family and all of the people affected by this decision". "We will win championships and do it with class". "I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men". "You have my word I will work my hardest to produce a team you are proud of". We were developing something really special. "We need to change some things". "I was told when I came in three years ago to build a program". I have grown up with the high school football coaches in this great state. Strong was paid $5.2 million per year at Texas, making him one of only seven FBS head coaches to achieve that salary plateau. Herman had been rumored to be deep in negotiations with LSU over the weekend, but most considered Texas to be atop Herman's wishlist.

Mack Brown, who won a national championship at Texas before stepping down in 2013, was serving as a commentator on ABC when he talked about the Longhorns' decision to replace Strong with Tom Herman.

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