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Texas AD Addresses Tom Herman After 7-5 Season

Tom Herman on the sideline during a Texas football game.

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the fourth quarter against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Texas Longhorns entered this year with championship expectations, but instead the program finished the regular season with a 7-5 record. Following the regular season finale, athletic director Chris Del Conte addressed the state of the team.

Del Conte obviously isn't happy that Texas won only seven games this season. However, it doesn't sound like he's panicking at all.

When talking about Tom Herman's progression with the team, Del Conte said that he's not disappointed where the team is currently at. The reason he isn't totally down on this season is because he knows the Longhorns have the necessary pieces to take that next step.

As for the rest of the coaching staff, Del Conte admit that he'll allow Herman to decide whether or not changes need to be made.

Overall, Del Conte had an optimistic stance on Texas' football program.

From ESPN:

"At the end of the day, Tom is his own man," Del Conte said. "He's the coach, he has the blueprint, I understand what he's trying to do and get accomplished and when you're in the swarm you also have to step back and say, 'Hmm, let's look at it all.' We are all disappointed from our expectations; I am not disappointed about where we're at today."

Last season, the Longhorns won 10 games and had many people believing they were ready to be contenders.

Although the program took a few steps in the wrong direction this year, it's possible that Herman leads the team back to prominence in 2020.