(RNN) - Texas is set to hire Houston coach Tom Herman to replace the fired Charlie Strong, the Associated Press is reporting.
Strong was let go Saturday morning after three seasons and a 31-9 drubbing on Friday at the hands of TCU.
Texas finished the 2016 season 5-7, including three straight season-ending losses. The season marked three consecutive losing campaigns. The Longhorns finished 3-6 in the Big 12. Strong’s overall record at Texas dropped to 16-21, and 12-15 in the conference.
Texas Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin said in a statement that the decision was tough to make.
“Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values. However, after thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were hoping for.”
Strong said in a statement that he was disappointed for the members of the team.
“I'm most disappointed for these kids and our staff who have poured so much of their lives into this program for the last three years. I do understand that it comes down to wins and losses, and we have not done our job in that area yet. I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men.”
Strong reportedly has a buyout of $10.7 million.
Before arriving in Austin, Strong went 11-2, and 12-1 in his last two seasons in Louisville, catapulting the former defensive coach at South Carolina and Florida into a hot coaching commodity.
Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led Louisville to a memorable BCS victory over Florida in the 2013 Sugar Bowl in the middle of Strong’s historic run at Louisville.
Strong came to Texas in January of 2014 from Louisville to lead one of college football’s most storied and rich football programs. Despite a reputation on the defensive side of the ball, Strong’s unit gave up 45 or more points in four of its first five games to start 2016.
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