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Texas Fire Herman after 4 seasons, hiring Tide OC Sarkisian

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas fired Tom Herman because he was tired of waiting for a Big 12 title and the Longhorns to become national championship contenders again. Next up: Steve Sarkisian, the architect of the Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive and its tsunami this season. Texas fired Herman after four seasons on Saturday and announced hours later that he would hand over the job to the Alabama offensive coordinator. It’s a quick move that Texas expects to provide quick results. The Longhorns are not a patience group. Sarkisian leads a Crimson Tide attack that defeated his opponents and produced two Heisman Trophy finalists in quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith ahead of the January 11th college football playoff championship game against the state of Ohio. He recently won the Broyles Award for Best Assistant Coach in College Football. He was there too. At 46, Sarkisian was previously head coach in Washington and Southern California. He has been Alabama’s offensive coordinator under Nick Saban since 2019 and has experience as an NFL assistant. Sarkisian is expected to stay with Alabama for the championship game. “This is a unique and compelling opportunity to take this legendary program to the next level and compete among the best in college football again,” Sarkisian said in a statement from Texas. Texas wants them not only to win – Herman did so with a 32:18 record – but also to oust rival Oklahoma from the top of the Big 12 while making sure that the recruitment happens in their home state Let the rise of let you down Don’t overwhelm Texas A&M at the Southheastern Conference. He will be the fourth Texas head coach since the program’s last Big 12 championship in 2009. Since then, Texas has fired Mack Brown – the only coach to lead the program to a national championship (2005) in 50 years – Charlie Stark and Herman. Notably, Sarkisian was an assistant to USC when Texas defeated the Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl epic for the national championship. Sarkisian was a total of 46-35 years old in Washington and USC but was fired midway through his sophomore season with the 2015 Trojans and admitted to rehab on a $ 30 million lawsuit. for breach of contract and disability discrimination against USC for firing him instead of allowing him to seek treatment. The terms of the Sarkissian contract were not immediately released. Herman won all four of his bowling games and had three years left on a guaranteed contract that would earn him over $ 6 million a year. Texas is hooked on more than $ 20 million in buyouts for Herman, and his Texas staff fired him just three weeks after sporting director Chris Del Conte announced he would remain the coach. In a new statement on Saturday, Del Conte said he has since decided it is time for a change. “After much thought and thought, as I looked back at our entire football program and discussed its future, it became clear that it was in the best interests of the University of Texas to move. in a different direction, ”said Del Conte. Herman’s best season was 2018, the only time he allowed the Longhorns to make the Big 12 title game. They ended this season with a dominant win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl that won infamous quarterback Sam Ehlinger, “We’re Ba-Aack!” Declaration to a national television audience. Instead, Texas fell back to the middle of the field in the Big 12. The Longhorns ranked 8th at the start of the 2020 pandemic-hit season before quickly disappearing. In fact, they were knocked out of the Big 12 title game with a 23:20 home loss to Iowa State with two games left. Texas is frustrated with the stagnation and has also seen worrying signs in recruitment. Several of the key state actors signed or canceled other commitments in the past month. 45-year-old Herman seemed like the surefire candidate to bring Texas back to glory when he was hired in Houston after two successful seasons. Still, there were times that suggested he just wasn’t ready for the spotlight of work in Texas and was struggling to develop there. In the final minutes of a 2017 Texas Bowl win, he mocked the Missouri quarterback. After a heavy loss on the road, he had a fierce showdown with Mike Gundy, the Oklahoma State coach. In 2019, he nudged his own players before a game, then gave an obscene two-stroke gesture back to television cameras during the live broadcast of National Signing Day. And 2020 challenged him in ways that had nothing to do with football. When protests erupted across the country after the death of George Floyd, Herman and his players marched from campus to the state capital on a march to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Herman was then heavily criticized and pressured by fans when the players failed to join the traditional aftermath chant of the school song “The Eyes of Texas”. during several games to protest the racist elements of the song’s past. ___ More AP College Football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press

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