After today's crushing overtime defeat at the hands of Kansas Jayhawks, it appears as if head coach Charlie Strong has coached one of his final games at the University of Texas.
Prominent boosters and President Greg Fenves have been wrestling with this decision for weeks, as Texas has had yet another disappointing season. Reportedly, in order to ensure he would be back to coach the Longhorns in 2017, Strong was being pressured to win the final two games of the season.
According to Chat Sports, AD Mike Perrin informed Strong that he would be relinquished of his duties, but will still coach the team during their season finale this Friday against TCU. Reportedly, Strong is going to inform the team once they touch down in Austin. Now, to be fair, there has been some conflicting reports. Some are saying Strong has not been given the boot yet, but very well could after the team's final game on Friday.
Regardless of your feelings of Strong as a head coach, it is impossible to not like him as a person. Here is Strong postgame...
I can barely watch that. Just terrible. Now, it is important to take very report with a grain of salt. Charlie Strong could obviously remain the head coach, but chances are, after this season, the Longhorns will have a new leader at the helm.
Strong is a terrific coach and will get an opportunity with another team at some point if this is truly the end of his tenure with the Texas Longhorns. His players love playing for him and he seems like a genuine person on and off the field. However, at Texas, you cannot lose to a 1-9 Kansas team and expect to keep your job. It appears as if Strong has recruited a few players that have All-American aspirations, but the team has not been able to consistently perform at a high level for an entire season.
Texas' struggles are not entirely on Strong, but sometimes there needs to be a scapegoat, and it appears that person, at least for today, is Charlie Strong.
As the Longhorns are now reportedly looking for a new head coach, keep an eye on Houston's Tom Herman. He has been linked to the Horns for awhile now and could be on a short list to become the new head coach in Austin.
College football could use a prominent Longhorn team again. The league is simply more fun when the powerhouses are all competing for a national championship.
If this is truly the end for him, thank you, Coach Strong. Hook 'em, forever and always.