Texas has officially hired Houston coach Tom Herman as their new head coach, the school announced on Saturday.
The change comes after school officials fired Charlie Strong at the head coaching position.
Herman was rumored to be a finalist for the LSU coaching job, but he eventually turned down a $6 million offer to take the job at Texas. LSU instead promoted interim coach Ed Orgeron to head coach.
Todd Orlando will serve as interim head coach at Houston as Herman prepares for his new rule with the Longhorns.
— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) November 26, 2016
The saga between Strong and the Longhorns has been convoluted at best. Reports surfaced since last season of Strong’s chances of being fired, and even after several statements reportedly spoke of Strong’s future with the team, he was eventually fired on Saturday.
Strong’s 16-21 record over the three years was the strongest argument against him. “After thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were looking for,” men’s athletic director Mike Perrin said in a statement on Saturday.
On the other hand, Herman went 22-4 during his two seasons as head coach at Houston; he also won the Peach Bowl last season.