Texas Fires Tom Herman

The University of Texas is parting ways with head football coach Tom Herman. Athletics Director Chris Del Conte confirmed the decision, saying it was in the "best interest of the University of Texas to move in a different direction."

"Decisions like this are very, very difficult and certainly not something I take lightly," said Del Conte. "As I've said before, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to look at all the factors in evaluating any of our programs. After much deliberation and a great deal of thought, as I looked back at the totality of where our program is and in discussing its future, it became apparent that it was in the best interest of the University of Texas to move in a different direction. I'm grateful for all Coach Herman has done and the hard work he and his staff have put in on behalf of our program and student-athletes. I thank him for all of his efforts and his service to our institution, and wish him the best in the future."

The university issued the following statement, "With our football season coming to a close, our vice president and athletics director, Chris Del Conte, 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. President Hartzell and the chair of our Board of Regents, Kevin Eltife, concur with this recommendation and have approved the change. We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university."

Herman was head coach for four seasons and went 32 and 18 during that time.

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