Texas hires Tom Herman from Houston to replace Strong

Houston head coach Tom Herman watches during in the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tom Herman is the new head football coach at The University of Texas. This move comes hours after firing Charlie Strong following his third season at Texas.

“The opportunity to come back to Texas is a dream come true for me and my family, and I can’t thank President Fenves and Mike Perrin enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity,” 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.

“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. I am eager to get to Austin as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes and to get to work.”

“I’m thrilled to have Tom Herman joining us as our head football coach,” Perrin said. “I am impressed with his insights on college sports, football and academic success, and his philosophy of developing the student-athlete into the complete person. He clearly has a passion and respect for the game of football, and also, a passion for teaching young men the game and the life lessons that come with that.”

“In Tom Herman, Longhorn football is getting a proven competitor, terrific recruiter, and committed mentor of student-athletes who has shown his ability to succeed at all levels,” UT President Gregory L. Fenves said. “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.”

Herman, 41, is in his second year as head coach at Houston and has a 22-4 record. Herman led the Cougars to a 13-1 record capped off by a 38-24 win over #9 Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Houston is 9-3 this season including an opening  33-23 win over #3 Oklahoma. The Cougars also beat #3 Louisville on Nov. 17 before dropping their regular season finale to Memphis on Friday 48-44.

Herman was a graduate assistant at Texas under Mack Brown from 1999-2000 where he received his Master’s in Education. Herman also coached at Texas State where he was an offensive coordinator in 2005 when they made it to the Division 1-AA semifinals.  Before going to Houston, he was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014 when they won the national championship.

Herman has three former UT assistant coaches on his Houston staff. Major Applewhite is their offensive coordinator, Oscar Giles is the defensive line coach and Darrell Wyatt is receivers coach.

Herman is a graduate of Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The University of Texas will introduce Tom Herman as the new Longhorns football head coach during a press conference Sunday at 5 p.m. We will live stream it here.

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