Texas announced on Saturday that it broke up with soccer coach Tom Herman after four seasons. Sources tell ESPN’s Chris Low that the Longhorns have selected Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace him and hope to sign a deal with him soon.
“Decisions like these are very, very difficult and certainly not taken lightly,” said sporting director Chris Del Conte in a statement. “As I said, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to look into all of the factors in evaluating any of our programs.
“After much deliberation and deliberation, as I looked back at the entirety of our football program and discussed its future, it turned out that it was in the University of Texas’ best interests to move into a different direction.”
The president of the university, Jay Hartzell, and Kevin Eltife, the chairman of the UT Board of Regents, agreed with Del Conte’s recommendation and approved the change according to a statement from the university.
The Longhorns took the lead in four seasons under Herman with 32:18, including seven defeats as a ranked team against unranked teams – most of them in the FBS since 2017.
“I am grateful for everything Coach Herman has done and for the hard work and dedication that he and his staff have put into our program and our student athletes,” said Del Conte in his statement. “I think he for all of his efforts and his service to our institution and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Texas will owe Herman approximately $ 15 million to buy out the last three years of his contract. The Longhorns will owe an additional $ 10 million to purchase the remaining contracts for his assistants, which are multi-year guaranteed contracts. In May 2019, the regents of the university approved a two-year extension for Herman that runs through the 2023 season. The last two years of the deal would have paid Herman $ 6.5 million in 2022 and $ 6.75 million in 2023.