Charlie Strong’s tenure as head coach of the Texas Longhorns was already on life support. Saturday’s embarrassing 24-21 loss to 2-9 Kansas, and the sight of goalposts meeting their demise in Lawrence, should be enough to force Texas to pull the plug on the Strong era.
The timing of that decision has been a source of confusion, largely thanks to “reports” with “sources” on Twitter that stated Texas had fired Strong immediately following the game.
According college football insiders Pat Forde and Bruce Feldman, the Twitter reports of his firing are inaccurate. Shocking, Twitter was wrong.
I’m told report of Charlie Strong already being fired is not accurate. Those conversations have not been had at this point, per source.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 20, 2016
I am told by multiple sources this report is incorrect. Strong has not been fired. Tomorrow is another day, of course, but not now. https://t.co/0eRT6hQwpD
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) November 20, 2016
Regardless of the confusion surrounding when the Strong firing will happen, there’s little doubt that he’s done in Austin, even with a pricey $10 million contract buyout in place.
Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer ruined it for everyone. Harbaugh and Meyer’s overnight Houdini turnaround jobs at Michigan and Ohio State have severely shortened the patience level, and raised the expectations of major programs mired in downturns and mediocrity. Patience is a word that no longer exists in the modern college football vernacular.
Charlie Strong seems like a genuinely nice, likeable person, and a great mentor. No matter how nice and likeable you are, at a program like Texas, winning is all that matters. The Longhorns are 5-6 on the year, and Strong’s 16-20 record in three seasons as head coach just isn’t good enough.
If Strong is fired, the logical choice to replace him would appear to be Houston head coach Tom Herman, who will be the hottest offseason college football coaching commodity since his mentor Urban Meyer left Utah. The rumor mill is already violently swirling.
Herman has Texas recruiting ties, and would inherit several of Strong’s highly ranked recruiting classes. The pieces are in place to win immediately in Austin. He better. Ask Charlie Strong what happens if you don’t.