By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Texas Longhorns have officially fired head coach Charlie Strong. This is not surprising as we were reporting this was going to happen since Friday.
The Longhorns were blown out 31-9 by the TCU Horned Frogs on Friday afternoon. The Longhorns couldn’t stop the Horned Frogs’ running attack.
The boosters get their wish, as they have been pressuring the athletic department to fire Strong for quite some time. After their first loss to the Kansas Jayhawks since 1938 — yes, 1938 — it was almost a given that Strong would be let go.
“It’s a very difficult day for me, my family and all of the people affected by this decision, Strong said. “I’m most disappointed for these kids and our staff, who have poured so much of their lives into this program for the last three years. I do understand that it comes down to wins and losses, and we have not done our job in that area yet. I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men. We have had a positive impact on our campus and the community, and I’m proud of how our team is focused on earning their degrees.
“We were developing something really special. This program has a championship foundation built on great young men with tremendous character. There are very bright days ahead, and I’ll be pulling for these kids no matter where I am. I want to thank everyone who supported me and this program for the last three years. I don’t regret coming to Texas. I learned a great deal and grew as a person in my time here. I’ll miss the opportunity to lead this program going forward, but I’m ready to accept my next challenge.”
Rumors began to swirl the next day following that loss. On Saturday, the Texas administration will be meeting with Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman, who they’d like to replace Strong with.
Under Strong, the team fell to 5-7 this season. They finished with a 16-21 record in three seasons.
They went to a bowl game in 2014, but they’ve had three straight losing seasons. It’s also the first-time since the 1930s that the Longhorns had three straight losing seasons.
“Decisions like this are tough to make,” athletic director Mike Perrine said. “The responsibility is not taken lightly. I became friends with Charlie Strong before becoming Athletics Director. I have the utmost personal respect for him. His impact on college athletics and student-athletes should be celebrated. Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values.
“However, after [a] thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were hoping for. This was an important year for our program to take the next step, and the results simply aren’t there, so we’ve decided to make a change. We appreciate Coach Strong so much, are grateful for all he has done with our program and wish him the best in the future.”
Herman is the hot cup of coffee this season. The Cougars coach is 23-4 in the past two seasons — including wins over ranked teams: the Florida State Seminoles, Oklahoma Sooners and the Louisville Cardinals.
However, the Cougars likely lost Herman’s last game with the team as they were beat 48-44 by the Memphis Tigers on Friday.
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