Texas is back … looking for a new coach. On Monday morning, the Longhorns announced that Tom Herman will no longer be at the helm of the team , ending his four-year tenure at the helm of one of the NCAA’s most iconic programs.
The weight of expectations rolls another head in Austin. Herman finished 32-18, but they have not won the Big 12 conference title for 11 years , reaching only the conference final in 2018, a season that brought a Sugar Bowl win and the first season of 10. wins since 2009, but which were followed by 8-5 in 2019 and 7-3 in 2020.
“After much deliberation and reflection, looking at the entire state of the football program and discussing its future, it became clear that it was in the best interest of the University of Texas to go in another direction, ” said Texas Athletic Director Chris del Conte, in a statement. “Decisions like this are very, very difficult and something we do not take lightly. As I have said before, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to see all the factors when it comes to analyzing our programs. While we have seen progress in recent years under the leadership of Tom Herman, it was recommended to the president of the university, Jay Hartzell, that UT make a change in order to achieve the ambitious goals that we have. “
In 2021, Texas will have its third coach since Mack Brown was fired in 2013. Charlie Strong had three losing seasons from 2014 to 2016, followed by Herman, who was the most wanted candidate on the 2017 coaching carousel , following his role as Offensive coordinator for the 2014 Ohio State National Champions and his two years at the University of Houston.
Will Steve Sarkisian be the new coach of Texas?
According to Horns247 reports, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would be the Longhorns’ new coach, despite the fans asking for a bigger name like Urban Meyer .
Sarkisian, who has just won the Broyles Award for the best assistant in NCAA Division I, was coach of the Washington Huskies from 2009 to 2013, with whom he went 34-29 before being named USC coach , with Those who finished 12-6 in a year and a half, being fired after an apparent episode in which he came to a practice drunk , a drop that broke the camel’s back after giving a speech to promoters while intoxicated.
After leaving USC, Sarkisian served as Alabama’s consultant and was the offensive coordinator at the 2017 national championship after Lane Kiffin was named coach at Florida Atlantic. It was his only game with Tide, as he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was fired after the 2018 season , returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator in 2019.