Texas announced on Saturday that it separated from the coach Tom Herman after four seasons.
Sources told Chris Low of ESPNThe Longhorns have targeted Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as his replacement and hope to finalize a deal with him soon.
Texas said in a statement that athletic director Chris Del Conte evaluated the program and recommended a change to the university president, Jay Hartzell. Herman was 32-18 at Texas and 7-3 last season, culminating in a victory over Colorado at the Valero Alamo Bowl.
“Decisions like this are very, very difficult and certainly not something I take lightly,” Del Conte said in a statement. “As I said before, my philosophy is to wait until the end of the season to see all the factors when evaluating any of our programs,” he added.
“After much deliberation and thought, as I looked back at the totality of where our soccer program is and as we discussed its future, it became clear that the best thing for the University of Texas was to move into a different place,” he said.
Hartzell and Kevin Eltife, president of the UT Board of Regents, agreed with Del Conte’s recommendation and approved the change, according to a statement from the university.
Sarkisian, who compiled a 47-35 record as head coach at USC and Washington, won the 2020 Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant. Alabama faces Ohio State in the National College Football Playoffs Championship Game on January 11.
Sarkisian, who makes $ 2.5 million per season on Nick Saban’s team with the Crimson Tide, declined Auburn’s proposals in his head coach search last month and turned down Colorado’s head coach job last year.
He would be the first assistant coach hired by Texas to run their program since 1951, when the Longhorns promoted Ed Price to the job.