Charlie Strong will be fired at Texas Monday, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. The paper says the school has decided to fire Strong following a shocking loss to lowly Kansas Saturday, and “official announcement may not come until Monday.”
[UPDATE: Texas responded to the rumors with this clunky statement that basically says nothing except that Charlie Strong will coach the Longhorns in the TCU game Saturday. It’s going to be an awkward Thanksgiving in Austin.]
After the Kansas loss, the move isn’t terribly surprising. Strong has struggled at times in his 3rd year, and the lack of improvement late in the season left Texas with no option but to let him go. After going 6-7 and 5-7 in the first two years, Strong and the Longhorns had targeted an 8 or 9 win season, but at 5-6, that’s impossible.
Speculation about his replacement will center on Houston’s Tom Herman, and it seems like a formality he’ll get the job.