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Report: Charlie Strong's Job Is Safe Through 2016 Season

Charlie Strong hot seat? According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Texas' head coach won't be fired... this season at least.

Following today's Longhorns loss to Oklahoma State, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin told reporters that he had to "evaluate what happened here" when asked about Charlie Strong's future as Texas head coach. Certainly not a ringing endorsement for Strong, coming off of the team's second straight loss.

Changes at the top of the program won't come this season, however. McMurphy is now reporting that Strong's job is safe through the end of the year, and that it is very likely that he will be the Longhorns' coach in 2017. He can help himself next weekend with a second straight upset win over Oklahoma, though.

This year's Oklahoma game is critical for Strong, but his future does not depend on the outcome, the source said. If the Longhorns continue to struggle, though, the most likely scenario is that the defensive staff would be sacrificed for Strong to return in 2017, the source said.

Last year, 1-4 Texas beat the Sooners in the Red River Shootout 24-17, the Sooners' only loss until the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson. The game did not magically turn around the Longhorns' season, though. Texas finished 3-3, missing a bowl game.

Even with the report, expect plenty of talk about the Charlie Strong hot seat status going forward. LSU firing Les Miles has opened the floodgates for big programs looking to get started on the coaching carousel, and Texas would likely be a contender for the services of Houston head coach Tom Herman, probably the hottest coaching commodity in the entire sport. LSU will likely be after him as well. That would be a pretty crazy bidding war, if it comes to pass.

Texas is now 2-2 on the season, with wins over Notre Dame and UTEP, and losses to Cal and now Oklahoma State.