Tom Herman is coming back to the 40 Acres, this time as Head Coach of the Longhorns football team. The announcement from University of Texas Athletics Director Mike Perrin came just hours after the news that Charlie Strong had been dismissed from the head coach job following three losing seasons.
Herman comes into the job from the University of Houston, where he's been head coach for two seasons, with a record of 22-4. He was a graduate assistant with the Longhorns before earning a Master of Education degree from the University in 2000.
Perrin released a written statement Saturday afternoon, saying, "I'm thrilled to have Tom Herman joining us as our head football coach. I am impressed with his insights on college sports, football and academic success, and his philosophy of developing the student-athlete into a complete person."
UT President Greg Fenves released a statement praising Strong's performance as a role model and motivator, but said, ultimately, the Longhorns' performance on the field during his tenure "were not at the levels expected of Longhorn football." He also expressed optimism for UT's championship prospects with Herman at the helm:
Coach Herman will be a tremendous leader for our players, all of whom have shown heart and resiliency this season, even during challenging times. Elite student-athletes come to UT expecting to compete for conference and national championships and to earn a world-class education, and that is exactly what Coach Herman will help them achieve.
Herman calls it a "dream come true," adding, "Longhorn football has been -- and always will be -- winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base."
Herman said he's, "eager to get to Austin as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes and get to work."
That could happen as soon as Sunday, when the University plans a news conference.
This post has been updated throughout.