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Tom Herman Fired as Texas Longhorns Head Coach

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas

Tom Herman has been fired as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, according to multiple reports.

This news comes just weeks after Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte appeared to confirm Tom Herman would be returning as the Longhorns head coach in 2021. This appeared to be the end of the coaching change rumors in Austin, especially after Urban Meyer appeared to be out of the running for the job.


The Longhorns fell short of expectations this season going 7-3 and missing the Big 12 Championship Game. But they rallied late with a huge win over Kansas State and then crushed Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.

Herman finishes his tenure at Texas with a 32-18 record and 22-13 in Big 12 play over four seasons. His best year came in 2018 when Texas reached the Big 12 Championship Game, which they lost to Oklahoma, and then won the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

In a statement, UT announced that athletic director Chris Del Conte has “has evaluated the UT program’s strengths and weaknesses and where the program is relative to our goals.

“While we have made measured progress during the past several years under Tom Herman’s leadership, Chris has recommended to the university president, Jay Hartzell, that UT make a coaching change to get us on track to achieving our ambitious goals.”

The search is now on for the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns, who have not won a Big 12 Title since 2009 and a National Championship since 2005.

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