Mack Brown discusses Charlie Strong firing by Texas

Toby Graves
December 12, 2016

"Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values", Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said in a statement Saturday, via the Longhorns' team website.

Herman will replace Charlie Strong, who was sacked Saturday after three disappointing seasons as the Longhorns' head coach.

Reports swirled Thursday about potential interest from both Texas and LSU in Herman, including a report that Herman met with LSU officials Thursday.

University of Texas Head football Coach Tom Herman announced the hiring of four assistant coaches.

The decisions come as no surprise, though, as Herman has already made it clear that he will be bringing over a large portion of his coaching staff over from Houston.

Orlando acknowledged that there was some disappointment among players in the wake of Herman's departure to take over for Charlie Strong, who was sacked the same day Herman was hired. Herman, who coached the Cougars to a 22-4 record the last two years, will be announced later on Saturday. The Ohio native previously served as offensive coordinator under Paul Rhoads in Iowa State and in the same capacity under Urban Meyer at OSU before leaving for Houston.

Herman began his career at Texas as a graduate assistant under former head coach Mack Brown from 1999-2000 and earned his master's degree in education from the university.

Herman's record at Houston and big wins over top programs such as Florida State and Oklahoma had pushed the Cougars into early-season College Football Playoff contenders as well as candidates for a move to the Big 12.

What we're watching play out at Bellmont is happening at other schools in the Big 12.

So when he didn't after three seasons, just one season after his recruits finally composed the majority of the roster, Texas chose to let him go and bring in the coaching market's hottest commodity to replace him.

With his QB and offense in place, it was time for Texas to make the turn. "Longhorn football has been - and always will be - a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base".

After a loss to Big 12 doormat Kansas on Saturday dropped Strong to 16-20 in three years and 5-6 this season, Strong's fate was clear-cut. Herman promised to win championships.

Before arriving in Austin, Strong went 11-2, and 12-1 in his last two seasons in Louisville, catapulting the former defensive coach at SC and Florida into a hot coaching commodity.

Under a contract that was set to run through January 23, 2019, Strong will be owed a buyout of about $11.2 million that would be paid out on a monthly basis through the end of the contract term.

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