Charlie Strong Replaced by Tom Herman
Tom Herman, who had coached Houston national prominence during he last two season is now heading to Texas.
Mike Perrin, Longhorns athletic director made the announcement confirming earlier reports.
Herman said in a statement that the opportunity of going back to Texas with his family is a dream come true and this is all thanks to President Fenves and Mike Perrin for providing him a great opportunity. He also said that Longhorn football had been, and will always be a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion.
Texas fired Charlie Strong officially on Saturday morning after three seasons. Herman was 22-4 in two seasons at Houston, becoming the hottest coaching prospect in the country.
Herman was offensive coordinator at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the 2014 season national championship. Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek issued a statement confirming Herman's departure. Todd Orlando, defensive coordinator, will be Houston's interim head coach for its upcoming bowl game.
Yurachek said that Tom Herman elevated the Houston Football program to new heights, and they are grateful for his contributions to our program and thus, entire University of Houston community wishes he and his family continued success in this new chapter in their lives.
Tom Herman's record at Houston and as well as its big wins over some top programs such as Florida State and Oklahoma, had pushed the Cougars into some early season College Football Playoff contenders. The Cougars dropped midseason game against Navy and SMU and the Big 12 still chose not to expand.
There is also a tweet from Kirk Bohls saying that Texas confirms Herman will receive a 5 year deal for more than $5 million a year with escalators to over $6 million in final year deal.
Texas is desperate for a return to nation's elite. The Longhorns had a decade-long run of 10-win seasons under Mack Brown from 2000-2009, a span that included one national championship and playing for another.