After finishing the 2016 season and finishing 5-7, the University of Texas has fired Charlie Strong after three seasons. This decision comes on the heels of getting spanked at home by TCU by a tune of 31-9. In three seasons as the head coach at UT, Strong went 16-21 and became the first Texas coach to lose his first three straight seasons since 1936-1938.
Strong had the ability to stay with the team, but had to win his final two games of the 2016 season. First, the Longhorns turned the football over six times and lost to Kansas, a team which had not defeated UT since 1938. Following this performance, the reports started to surface that Charlie Strong was going to be fired at the end of the season, regardless of what happened this past Friday.
Nonetheless, many believed that a convincing win over the TCU Horned Frogs could still sway the minds of boosters and administration. While the Horns were competitive in the first half, they could not stay in the game in the second half and were defeated yet again to cap off a horrendous 2016.
Strong was fired on Saturday morning and the Horns hired former Houston head coach Tom Herman less than a hour later. While the firing was warranted, it is bittersweet.
Strong is a phenomenal coach and motivates his players like few in college football. Right from the beginning, Strong made it clear he was molding these young men for their life after football, not just making it into the NFL and cashing out. We saw Strong take away players' scholarships and dismiss players from the team if they were not conducting themselves in a manner he deemed fit.
Strong eventually landed the group of players that he believed, according to him, "would win a national championship" at some point. With two straight top 10 recruiting classes, Strong has the University of Texas poised to possibly win double digit games next season. Unfortunately, Herman will get most, if not all, of the credit for Texas' probable success in the next couple of seasons.
However, it is important to remember Strong's impact at the University of Texas on and off the field following his untimely departure. Thank you for everything, Coach Strong.