The University of Texas made a shocking move Saturday morning when it fired head coach Tom Herman.

Texas appeared to have made the decision to keep Herman following the up-and-down season; however, those plans have now changed. Texas also flirted with Urban Meyer in December, but Meyer told Texas that he was leaning toward not coaching again.

Longhorns AD Chris Del Conte released the following statement about Herman’s dismissal.

“With our football season coming to a close, our vice president and athletics director, Chris Del Conte, has evaluated the UT program’s strengths and weaknesses and where the program is relative to our goals. While we have made measured progress during the past several years under Tom Herman’s leadership, Chris has recommended to the university president, Jay Hartzell, that UT make a coaching change to get us on track to achieving our ambitious goals. President Hartzell and the chair of our Board of Regents, Kevin Eltife, concur with this recommendation and have approved the change. We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university.”

Texas will owe Herman $15.4 million buyout. The total buyout for Herman and his staff is $24 million.

Herman exits Texas with a 32-18 overall record in 4 seasons.

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