Texas Longhorns fire head football coach Tom Herman; Steve Sarkisian hired

Texas coach Tom Herman watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game against Colorado, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas coach Tom Herman watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game against Colorado, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – On December 13, Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte gave Tom Herman a vote of confidence announcing that Herman would return as head football coach in 2021.

Now that we have rung in 2021, Del Conte’s stance changed and the school has announced that Herman has been fired. He will be owed a 15 million dollar buyout for the remaining three years on his contract. Herman’s assistant coaches have deals adding up to another ten million that the university will be obligated to pay.

In a statement announcing the move, Del Conte stated that he recommended a change be made " to get us on track to achieving our ambitious goals.” UT President Jay Hartzell and Board of Regents Chair Kevin Eltife approved the change.

The firing comes days after the Longhorns beat Colorado 55-23 in the Alamo Bowl to finish their season 7-3.

TOM HERMAN ERA

4 YEARS ( 2017-2020)

32-18 OVERALL RECORD

22-13 BIG 12 RECORD