Houston's Herman leaving for Texas, UT confirms

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas on Saturday released a statement naming Houston's Tom Herman as the Longhorns' 30th head football coach. 

Herman would replace Charlie Strong, who was fired Saturday after three consecutive losing seasons at Texas. 

Texas moved quickly to snag Herman, who has spent the past two seasons with the Cougars and elevated the program into to the Top 25 . Herman's name had emerged as a top target for Texas officials as Strong's final season started 2-0 but faded to a 5-7 finish.

Herman was offensive coordinator at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the 2014 season national championship. He spent a season at Texas as a graduate assistant early in his career under former Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

The Longhorns will introduce Herman as head coach at a news conference Sunday. 

Editor's note: This story has been edited by KSAT.com to reflect new information released by the University of Texas at Austin. 

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.

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