Texas has extended head coach Tom Herman through 2023, the school announced on Thursday.

The extension continues the compensation schedule written into the 5-year, $28.75 million contract Herman originally signed when he took over in November of 2016. With annual $250,000 raises, Herman will earn $6.5 million in 2022 and $6.75 million in ’23. He earned $5.5 million in 2018, ninth most in college football.

Herman is 17-10 in two seasons at Texas, leading the Longhorns to a 10-4 record, a No. 9 final ranking, a Sugar Bowl victory and an appearance in the Big 12 Championship in 2018 — the program’s best season of the decade. Led by junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Texas will enter 2019 ranked in the preseason top-10.

“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,” Texas president Greg Fenves told the Austin American-Statesman.

Should Texas return to the elite of the elite, Fenves implied to the Statesman that Texas would rip up Herman’s current deal and sign him to a completely new, Dabo Swinney-like mega contract.

“Chris Del Conte and I are always looking at our commitments to our coaches, and it’s always an ongoing process and it never stops,” Fenves told the paper.

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