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
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.
When 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.