After a strong season that included a top 10 ranking and an upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, one would think Tom Herman and his Texas football staff would have been given even more job security. But as we now know, that isn't the case.
According to the Austin American-Statesman via CollegeFootballTalk, the school will no longer be giving out multi-year contracts to assistant coaches. The move comes in spite of athletic director Chris Del Conte's satisfaction with Herman's job.
“We are absolutely ecstatic with the job coach Tom Herman and our coaching staff is doing for the University of Texas,” Del Conte told the paper. “This appointment letter is just a continuation of that effort.”
Per the report, Herman and Del Conte don't want the assistant coaches to get complacent with their multi-year job security. The Texas football program started giving out multi-year deals starting in 2014 when they gave such deals to many members of former coach Charlie Strong's staff.
Herman himself is under no such pressure though. He has led Texas to 17 wins with two bowl victories since taking over in 2017.
After finishing 10-4 in 2018, the Longhorns were ranked No. 9 in the post-season polls - their first ranking since 2012 and their highest ranking since 2009.
While Texas still has a ways to go before dethroning arch-rival Oklahoma, the team will be getting a significant boost in the off-season from one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
Suffice it to say, all of the coaches should be motivated to do their best in 2019.