In just two years at Texas, head coach Tom Herman has revitalized a team that had lost a lot of momentum over the previous few. The school was quick to reward him with a contract extension, and we now have a clearer idea as to why the Longhorns were so eager to keep him under wraps.
Herman's new contract adds two years onto his deal. It will pay $6.5 million in 2022, and another $6.75 million in 2023.
In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Texas president Gregory L. Fenves explained that the school is committed to Herman as the leader of the Longhorns. Fenves noted that he wanted that message to resonate with the players on the team, as well as potential recruits.
“The message we want to send to our head coach, to the players on the team, to the recruits and Longhorn Nation is that we’re committed to Tom Herman as the head coach of Longhorn football,” Fenves told the American-Statesman.
Fenves reiterated the team's excitement at where he has the team going, and believes that the foundation has been built for sustained success.
“I think coach Herman has shown that he’s built a platform and strong program that’s a base for future progress,” he added. “We’re all very excited about where he’s taking the program.”
Recruiting has been solid under Herman. For the second year in a row, the Longhorns boast the third-best class in the country, and the best in the Big 12, per 247Sports.
In his two years at Texas, Herman has led the Longhorns to a 17-10 overall record, including a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game this past year and a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia.
However, the Big 12 title has still eluded the Longhorns for nearly a decade. Despite the team's commitment to Herman, they will undoubtedly have expectations of a conference title and/or a trip to the College Football Playoff sooner rather than later.