Finally putting an end to the official announcements that everyone knew were coming, Texas has introduced Tom Herman as its next head football coach.
Herman had been linked to the Texas job for several weeks prior to final signing with them today. Former Longhorns coach Charlie Strong was fired earlier in the day after he failed to field a team that could win at the level consistent with what is expected at Texas.
Strong, who got the job after leading Louisville to unprecedented success during his four years there, failed to duplicate that success in the Lone Star state.
Strong was 16-21 all time at Texas, appeared in only one bowl game (which they lost), and were unable to finish or start a season ranked in the AP top 25. Herman, meanwhile, has had much greater success at his most recent job.
“I’m thrilled to have Tom Herman joining us as our head football coach,” Men’s Athletics Director Mike 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.”
The Longhorns have not had a National Championship caliber team since Vince Young led them at quarterback to a Rose Bowl victory in 2005. Herman hopes to change that. In only two years at Houston, he led a quick turnaround and produced a 22-4 record.
Herman seems eager and confident in his ability to right the ship in Austin.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Herman will look to pick up where Mack Brown left off before he was forced out and replaced by Strong: winning football games.
“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.”
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