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Tom Herman Officially Announces Texas' Defensive Coordinator Hire

Tom Herman on the sideline during Texas' game against Iowa State

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns coaches during pregame warm ups at Jack Trice Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 23-21 over the Texas Longhorns. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

If there's one thing Longhorn fans learned this season, it's that Texas still has a long way to go. The "Texas is back" slogan seems to be a curse that doesn't go away. But Tom Herman is taking the necessary steps to lift the Longhorns out of the dust, and his recent defensive coordinator hire could make all the difference.

Herman announced the official hiring of defensive coordinator Chris Ash on Tuesday afternoon. The Texas head coach released a statement regarding the hire.

"After taking a hard look at a lot of options at defensive coordinator, Chris was the one that continued to stand out," Herman said, via Kaelen Jones of The Athletic. "We couldn't be more excited what he'll add to our staff. ... We look forward to his arrival in Austin, getting to work, and him and his family joining the Longhorn family."

You can read Herman's full comments in the tweet below.

The Texas head coach is clearly excited about what Ash brings to the table. While things didn't work out for Ash during his time with Rutgers, he's one of the better defensive coaches available. He previously coached at Ohio State with Herman.

The hope is that this new hire will help Texas regain a dominant defense to go along with a high powered, explosive offense. Perhaps this is the move that will help the Longhorns get back to being a national powerhouse.