Austin, Tx (CBS HOUSTON) – University of Houston head coach Tom Herman has told school officials he will accept the same position at the University of Texas, an AP source reports. The University of Texas fired Charlie Strong earlier Saturday.
Tom Herman, a former University of Texas graduate assistant in 1999-2000, will take over a Longhorn football program that was won just 16 games the past three seasons. Herman was 22-4 at Houston, including a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State last season, and two wins over top five opponents this season. Herman was also pursued by LSU, but reportedly informed LSU officials at 5am Saturday that his strong preference was to coach in Austin.
Herman’s departure leaves the University of Houston with key decisions to make. The first order of business is whom to name as interim head coach for their upcoming bowl game, followed by naming the long term successor. Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando reportedly will receive consideration, and Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report told Sports Radio 610 that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin also has interest in the position.
Less than twenty four hours after the Longhorns lost what would be the final game of the Charlie Strong era, a 31-9 defeat to TCU, Strong was informed he would no longer serve as coach of the Longhorns. He leaves Austin with a record of 16-21 over three seasons, but is credited with cleaning up the culture at Texas. Strong released a statement Saturday expressing his disappointment that he’ll no longer coach the Longhorns, but has an eye on his future.
“I’ll miss the opportunity to lead this program going forward, but I’m ready to accept my next challenge,” Strong said.