Charlie Strong hot seat update: he has some serious work to do to secure his status as Texas head coach in 2017.
After Texas' Saturday loss to Oklahoma State, which featured a number of bizarre plays including three blocked extra points, athletic director Mike Perrin told reporters he needed to "evaluate what happened here" when asked about Strong's job status.
A few hours later on Saturday, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that Strong won't be let go during the season. After the season? That is still very much in play, and according to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, many in the sport expect it to happen. Thamel, on the Charlie Strong hot seat:
A high-ranking Texas official said on Sunday night that Strong is "very close" to losing his job at the end of the season after back-to-back road losses to Cal and Oklahoma State. The official said that there will be no move made during the year on Strong. Part of that comes from the fact that there's no logical candidate on the staff to take over the program.
Strong is apparently already starting to shake things up with his staff. Last night, Orangebloods reported that Strong will strip play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. Strong served as defensive coordinator at South Carolina from 1999-2002 before a long tenure in the position at Florida from 2003-2009, before he took the head coaching job at Louisville.
If Strong is fired, it would create a second early massive opening on the college football coaching carousel. Les Miles was fired at LSU last weekend. Jobs may yet open at places like Auburn, Oregon, Penn State, and USC all of which will try and land big-time names, and will compete for many of the same coaches.
If you're a fan of the drama that comes with carousel, this could be an off-season to remember.