December 03, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas regents have approved a five-year contract worth at least $25 million for new football coach Tom Herman.

The contract calls for annual salary of $5.25 million the first year and up to $6.25 million in the final year.

Herman was hired away from Houston to replace Charlie Strong, who was fired after three consecutive losing seasons.

The Texas Board of Regents met by conference call Saturday to approve the contract. The board met in private for deliberations before a public vote of approval. The formal vote came a week after Texas announced it would hire Herman.

Herman spent the past two seasons as Houston, where he was 22-4 in his first head coaching job and had the Cougars in contention for the College Football Playoff earlier this season.

Texas still owes Strong more than $10 million. He had two seasons left on a five-year guaranteed contract.

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