After four seasons with the Longhorns, Texas fired head coach Tom Herman and Steve Sarkisian is expected to be hired. Texas AD Chris Del Conte released a statement confirming the news via Twitter.
“Decisions like this are very, very difficult and certainly not something I take lightly, “Decisions like this are very, very difficult and certainly not something I take lightly. As I’ve said before, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to look at all the variables in assessing all of our programs. After much deliberation and a lot of thinking, as I looked back at the totality of where our football program is and considered its future, it became clear that one in a different direction was in the University of Texas’ best interest.
On behalf of our program and student-athletes, I am thankful for everything Coach Herman has done and the hard work and commitment he and his staff have put in. I am grateful to him for all his contributions and service to our organization, and I wish him all the best in the future (Del Conte).
I am grateful to him for all his contributions and service to our organization, and I wish him all the best in the future (Del Conte). This decision comes only weeks after the Texas AD went on the record stating that next year, Herman will possibly return as the head coach.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about the future of our football coach,” Del Conte said in a statement. “My policy is to wait until the end of the season before evaluating and commenting on our program and coaches. With the close of the regular season, I want to reiterate that Tom Herman is our coach.”
Steve Sarkisian: Sources have pinned the new face of the Longhorns program as Alabama offensive coordinator and former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian. With the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Broyles award winner had a stellar season, leading one of the country’s top offenses. The Tide has had one of their best years yet, holding a 12-0 record, No.1 CFB Playoff ranking, No.1 AP Top 25 Poll ranking, and Rose Bowl championship win, amid a crazy COVID-19 season.
Earlier this month, SI BamaCentral posted, “after reportedly turning down a chance to interview with Auburn for its vacant coaching job earlier this month and pulling his name out of the Colorado search a year ago, it appears Sarkisian wants to stay in Tuscaloosa and isn’t ready to hop back into a head-coaching role just yet.”
If Texas would indeed recruit Sarkisian, however, this could be one chance the former USC head coach could not pass up.