Texas fires football coach Tom Herman after four seasons

Texas officials abruptly announced Saturday morning that coach Tom Herman would be fired. 

In a statement, the school 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 statement said that Hartzell and Board of Regents chairman Kevin Eltife agreed with the decision and approved the change.

“We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university,” the statement said.

Herman was 32-18 in four seasons at Texas. He had just completed a 7-3 season capped by a win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.

He had three years remaining on a contract worth $15 million in guaranteed money. Another $10 million is owed to Herman's assistants. 

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