HOUSTON – After two incredible years and a return to national prominence, losing coach Tom Herman is a tough blow for so many UH students and alumni.
Herman will be earning more than $5 million a year at the University of Texas and will have the chance to compete for a national championship.
Still, he said telling his players in Houston that he was leaving was the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life.
Herman was officially introduced in Austin Sunday as the University of Texas head coach. He’s taking over for Charlie Strong, who was fired after three losing seasons.
Herman is also returning to the school where he served under former UT coach Mack Brown as a graduate assistant.
In just two seasons, he led the Coogs to a 22-4 record, an undefeated record against Top 25 teams, and a huge Peach Bowl upset over Florida State.
Even though the coach that helped reinvigorate the UH fan base is now gone, the board chair says fans will still have plenty to cheer for.
“The calls that we’re getting, that Hunter (Yurachek) is getting is just huge. And I’m gonna tell you this. We are committed to making University of Houston stay a powerhouse in football. We are going to win. You are not gonna see a letdown next year in University of Houston football,” Tilman Fertitta, chair of the UH Board of Regents, said in a sit-down interview with KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Matt Musil.
Herman is now the latest UH coach to leave for a Power 5 school in Texas after Kevin Sumlin and Art Briles left for Texas A&M and Baylor respectively.
Fertitta says they’ll write the contract differently for whoever fills Herman’s role at UH to make sure they stick around longer.
UH Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando will serve as interim coach for the upcoming bowl game.
Fertitta suggested he’ll be considered among the candidates for the head coaching job, too.