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Reports: Texas could hire Tom Herman as soon as Saturday

There was never any need for a prolonged coaching search.

NCAA Football: Tulane at Houston Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The coaching search for the Texas Longhorns looks like it will be a short one, as ESPN is reporting on Saturday morning that the deal with Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman could be done as early as Saturday afternoon.

ESPN has reported that Herman will meet with his Houston team today to inform them that he will be the next head coach at Texas.

The Dallas Morning News also reported that an announcement could come quickly, and SB Nation confirmed the news from ESPN.

Texas fired head coach Charlie Strong early on Saturday after he went 16-21 over three seasons. The expected news of his termination followed the announcement that LSU is removing the interim label from Ed Orgeron after his big Thanksgiving win over Texas A&M.

There was momentum for Herman to become the next head coach in Baton Rouge on Thursday, but Tigers officials were reportedly upset that the news got leaked, leaving the ‘Horns with little competition for Herman.

He’s expected to be in Austin at some point Saturday.