After a disappointing 5-7 record this year, including the Longhorns’ first loss to Kansas in almost 80 years, and a 16-21 record since he was hired three years ago, it has been reported that Charlie Strong is likely to be fired this weekend by Texas. The Longhorns simply haven’t produced under Strong, losing seven games three years in a row for the first time in the history of the program.
The icing on the cake may have been Friday night’s 31-9 loss at home to instate rival TCU, as the team ended the year on a three game losing streak and 3-6 in the Big 12.
Tom Herman has been reported to be the front runner to replace strong, as it seems likely he will move on from Houston at the end of the year. But he has also been rumored to take over the vacancy at LSU, who fired Les Miles after a 2-2 start this year. According to Ross Dellenger of the Advocate, is LSU were to lose out on Herman, interim coach Ed Orgeron would be given the position.
Although all signs seem to be pointing to Herman leaving, Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta has come out and said that it will not be over money. In an interview with FOX 26, Fertitta said, “If Tom Herman wants to go to LSU or Texas or Oregon or Baylor, or wherever else, we cannot stop him from doing that. He’s not going to leave because of money.”
The Cougars are 22-3 under Herman over the past two seasons, making him the most coveted free agent in college football. The key for Texas landing Herman will be getting Strong out of the picture as soon as possible, before he is taken off the market.
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