Texas fires head coach Tom Herman after four seasons with Longhorns | CBS Sports HQ

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After initially saying Tom Herman would remain coach of the Texas football program in mid-December, the Longhorns on Saturday pulled an about face and fired Herman after four seasons with the team. Texas will hire Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as Herman’s replacement, a source close to the process tells CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

The decision to move on from Herman was made after evaluating the program’s strengths and weaknesses, according to a statement released by Texas. It comes just four days after UT blew out Colorado 55-23 in the Alamo Bowl with many young players shining during the game.

Sarkisian, on the heels of No. 1 Alabama’s 31-14 Rose Bowl victory over No. 4 Notre Dame, is expected to coach his final game for the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11. 247Sports’ Chip Brown first reported Sarkisian would replace Herman at Texas.

Though Sarkisian has served successfully as an offensive coordinator for the last four seasons at Alabama and with the Atlanta Falcons, he spent seven seasons as a head coach in the Pac-12, first at Washington (2009-13) and then USC (2014-15). Sarkisian went 34-29 (24-21 Pac-12) with the Huskies, leading the program to four bowl games in five seasons and setting stage for the success it found under Chris Petersen.

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