BREAKING: Charlie Strong fired by Texas. After Friday’s loss to TCU, Strong is out as head coach of the Longhorns.
Charlie Strong came to Texas after a very successful four-year stint at Louisville, leading the Cardinals to two Big East titles, a huge Sugar Bowl win over Florida, and helping turn quarterback Teddy Bridgewater into a star. Strong’s success paved the way for Louisville’s entrance into the ACC, and the heights that the program has reached in Bobby Petrino’s second go-around as head coach.
On paper, he made plenty of sense for the massive job that is Texas. After a 16-21 record through three seasons, and a 12-15 mark in Big 12 play, Strong has been relieved of his duties as Texas head coach. The Longhorn Network announced the much-expected news moments ago.
Charlie Strong has been fired. Strong went 16-21 in 3 seasons as the Texas head coach.
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 26, 2016
Texas remains one of the top jobs in all of college football, with limitless resources, plenty of history, and a fantastic local recruiting base to pull from. Houston head coach Tom Herman, who is 22-4 in two years with the Cougars, is the obvious choice to replace strong. He has been connected to the job for well over a year, as Charlie Strong’s seat had been quite hot for most of his tenure.
Last Saturday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that boosters, who are extremely influential within the Texas program, are putting a ton of pressure on the program to go get Herman, the hottest young coach in the game right now.
If not Herman, things get pretty interesting. Names like Chris Petersen, Larry Fedora, and Jim McElwain have been floated, but none make as much obvious sense as Herman to Texas.
As for Strong, we have to imagine he’ll bounce back. He proved he can lead a program at Louisville, and most don’t present the challenges that Texas does off the field. It may take a year or two, but we expect Strong to lead a Power Five program again very soon.
Update: Strong and Texas AD Mike Perrin have put out statements regarding the decision.
— Jason Suchomel (@OB_JasonS) November 26, 2016
— Stacy Slayden (@StacyS_KVUE) November 26, 2016