Source: Charlie Strong to be fired as Texas head coach
We all knew it was coming. According to multiple sources, Texas has decided to fire head football coach Charlie Strong.
It won’t be right away. Texas officials decided weeks ago that Charlie Strong would coach the entire season, win or lose. They’re sticking with that plan, which is especially important because they don’t want the student-athletes thinking their performance was the only reason for Charlie Strong’s dismissal.
As rumors abounded Sunday, the players tweeted out their support for their coach.
“Letting this man go is equivalent to losing a father,” defensive tackle Poona Ford tweeted. “He has done wonders for all of the players on this team and we want him to continue that.”
Former cornerback Quandre Diggs tweeted his support as well: “At some point the players gotta be responsible man. I guarantee you Strong gave them everything they needed to succeed. Strong didn’t turn the ball over 6 times.. he didn’t get the field goal blocked.. at some point the finger pointing ha to go to players!”
Despite all this, Charlie Strong’s time in Texas is rapidly coming to an end. The decision was official after Saturday’s embarrassing 24-21 overtime loss to Kansas, a team that was 1-9 in the season and had lost 19 straight Big 12 games. In three seasons as coach, Charlie Strong is 16-20 and, unless he can turn this season around, will become the first coach for three consecutive losing seasons since 1936-38.
He has two years left on a guaranteed contract worth $10.7 million – but obviously, that’s not affecting the decision. In a press conference Monday morning, Strong said he’d been told the final decision wouldn’t be made until after the TCU game.
“There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong,” a statement from Texas athletic director Mike Perrin read. “I’ve said it all along: We will evaluate the body of work after the regular season. We have a game to get ready for against TCU on Friday, and I hope our fans will come out and support our team. We’ll discuss where things stand after that.”
Pretty sure we all know where things stand.