Tom Herman will return as Texas’ head football coach in 2021, the school officially announced this afternoon.
Herman’s job security has been under speculation for much of this season, and the Longhorns reportedly made a serious run at hiring Urban Meyer to replace his former offensive coordinator. However, Meyer apparently turned Texas down.
If there was any doubt that Herman would now be back for a fifth season in Austin, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte eliminated it today.
“There has been a lot of speculation about the future of our football coach,” Del Conte said in a just-released statement. “My policy is to wait until the end of the season before evaluating and commenting on our program and coaches. With the close of the regular season, I want to reiterate that Tom Herman is our coach.”
Inbox from Texas: AD Chris Del Conte says “I want to reiterate that Tom Herman is our coach” pic.twitter.com/sJAcB4k589
— Sam Khan Jr. 😷 (@skhanjr) December 12, 2020
Texas is currently 6-3 after a 69-31 win over Kansas State last weekend. The Longhorns’ game this weekend against Kansas was called off due to COVID-19.
Overall, Herman is 31-18 at Texas, and has won a bowl game in each of his first three seasons. Those aren’t terrible numbers in a vacuum.
However, he has lost at least three games every year at UT and has overall failed to reach the expectations that were heaped upon him at the time of his hiring in 2017.
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