The Austin American Statesman reported last night that Texas had decided to fire Charlie Strong: no word as to when Texas is going to make it official.
Meanwhile, Texas AD Mike Perrin released a statement Sunday night saying they won’t make a decision until after Friday’s game against TCU. Safe to assume, they have already made that decision. Made the second the horns lost to Kansas.
And it begs the question. Who saw this coming? I know I didn’t: Texas was right to hire Charlie Strong: he had done well as a dee coordinator at South Carolina and Florida. Crushed it as a head coach in Louisville. And earned and deserved that shot at Texas.
I know a lot of these guys are hired to be fired. But not Strong. This dude was too sharp. Too focused. Too strategic. Hell, just too Strong. Anything can happen, but I really did not see him not succeeding there. Something really bad would have to happen for it not work there. Tom Herman, who had fallen off Texas’ radar after a couple of bad losses, rises up and cracks Louisville, making him as hot as he’s ever been. And then Strong and U-T do the unthinkable, they lose to Kansas. Something that hadn’t happened to the Horns since 1938. It’s literally, a fireable offense onto itself. But especially if it happens, and you’re 16-20 overall.
I like Charlie Strong. A lot. I think he’s a good coach. And a good dude. And I’m never looking to get anyone fired; even if there’s a $10 million dollar plus buyout like the one he has. But there’s no way a sub. 500 coach at Texas can lose to Kansas and keep his gig. And Strong knows that.
Especially, when they’ve got a great shot at hiring the hottest young coach in the nation and he’s in their own state. At that point, Strong, Herman and anyone else paying half attention knew what time it was. Time for Strong to hit the bricks for Herman to hear how high U-T is going to stack his cash.
Strong has to go, and Cougar fan, brace yourself. Because while you knew this day was coming, it’s not going to hurt any less when Herman and U-T make it official.