Austin’s biggest stories of 2016: No. 9: Coaching change for the Longhorns

YEAR IN REVIEW

COUNTING DOWN AUSTIN’S 10 BIGGEST STORIES

We’re counting down Austin’s 10 biggest stories of the year as chosen by American-Statesman reporters and editors. We’ll unveil one story each day through Jan. 1. 

Today: We announce No. 9 | Previously in our countdown: No. 10

UT defensive end Breckyn Hager consoles Head Coach Charlie Strong after their loss to TCU at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday November 25, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

UT defensive end Breckyn Hager consoles Head Coach Charlie Strong after their loss to TCU at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 25. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Charlie Strong’s  third season as coach of the Texas Longhorns was seen as make-or-break even before it began. And it began with a thrilling Texas overtime victory over 11th-ranked Notre Dame — a season-opening bright spot that would belie what lay ahead.

tom-herman-frontWhen the Longhorns suffered an embarrassing overtime loss at Kansas, UT officials began to engineer the exit of one coach and the quick entrance of another.

Just hours after Texas lost its final game to TCU, sealing a third straight losing season under Strong, UT was offering the top job to Tom Herman, who was just wrapping up a second 10-win season at the University of Houston.

Herman, whose coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Texas under Mack Brown, agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $5 million annually that will rise to more than $6 million.

Our coverage

Nov. 20: Source: Texas officials have decided to fire Charlie Strong

Nov. 26: Three and out: Texas fires Charlie Strong

Nov. 27: Tom Herman welcomes the pressure of winning at Texas

Nov. 28: How much is it costing to get Tom Herman? About $19 million

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