Texas announced Saturday that it has parted ways with football coach Tom Herman after four seasons before announcing later in the day that it has hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as his replacement.
Texas said in a statement that athletic director Chris Del Conte evaluated the program and recommended a change to university president Jay Hartzell. Herman went 32-18 at Texas and 7-3 this season, which culminated with a win over Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday.
“Decisions like this are very, very difficult and certainly not something I take lightly,” Del Conte said in a statement. “As I’ve said before, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to look at all of 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 football 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.”
Hartzell and Kevin Eltife, the chair of the UT board of regents, agreed with Del Conte’s recommendation and approved the change, according to a statement from the university.
Sarkisian, who compiled a 47-35 record as a head coach at USC and Washington, won the 2020 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Alabama faces Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11.
Sarkisian, who is making $2.5 million per season on Nick Saban’s staff with the Crimson Tide, declined overtures from Auburn in its head-coaching search last month and turned down the Colorado head-coaching job last year.
He is the first assistant coach hired by Texas to lead its program since 1951, when the Longhorns promoted Ed Price to the role.
Texas and Alabama are scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023.
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