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Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/2/1960

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Texas fired HC Charlie Strong.
Strong went 16-21 in three years at the school, including 12-15 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas (5-7, 3-6) failed to reach a bowl again this year following Saturday's loss to TCU, instead finishing with its third straight seven-loss season under Strong. Strong is owed a $10.7 million buyout for the remaining two years on his deal. With LSU hiring interim coach Ed Orgeron as its full-time coach on Saturday, Houston's Tom Herman is widely considered to be the guy who will replace Strong. He'll have one of the nation's best crops of young talent. Nov 26 - 10:50 AM
Source: ESPN

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Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he does not believe a decision has been made as to his job future.

"I don't really think so," Strong said when asked on Monday if he believed Texas had come to a decision on his fate. Coaches say plenty of things when they are about to be fired, but if Strong has any chance of saving his job -- and we would be wholeheartedly surprised if he can -- it might be in the fact that Texas has yet to officially lower the axe, even with multiple reports having Strong out the door. For what it's worth, we saw an almost identical situation with Les Miles and LSU last November, where a flood of initial reports had him being fired, only for it to be stretched out until Miles actually managed to save his job via a win over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale. Whether Strong will have a chance to do likewise in Texas' own regular-season finale against TCU on Friday remains to be seen.
Nov 21 - 1:04 PM

ESPN's Paul Finebaum referred to Texas' decision to let HC Charlie Strong's job hang in the breeze "one of the most shameful and disgraceful things I have seen in intercollegiate athletics."

Multiple reports have Strong's firing as imminent, but despite the fact that the writing is on the wall, the university will apparently let Strong's fate dangle in no-man's land until after the regular-season finale on Friday. Strong held his normal Monday press conference, but it was anything but normal. Indeed, the opposite of that. It was a painful, awkward affair, with multiple players on hand in support of their coach, who said, "Next year, I want to come back." This bandaid should be ripped off by the end of the week, but the fallout has already begun, with the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls relaying that "several Longhorn players" are thinking about boycotting that TCU game in support of their coach. Just an ugly situation on the whole.
Nov 21 - 12:19 PM

Texas beat writer Kirk Bohls reports "several Longhorn players are considering boycotting this week’s regular-season finale against TCU."

This situation could not be handled worse. Apparently veteran members of the team are trying to talk the players out of the decision, but it all stems from the school's upcoming decision regarding head coach Charlie Strong. Multiple reports state Texas officials have reached an agreement to fire Strong, but the decision likely won't be announced until after the school's final regular season game against TCU. Texas will have a new football coach in 2017, regardless of how the players handle the situation, but it could lead to many transferring to another program.
Nov 21 - 11:40 AM

Multiple reports indicate that Texas will fire HC Charlie Strong, with an announcement to come as early as Monday.

It isn't quite clear when Strong's termination will be officially announced, but it would appear that there is no turning back the tide. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd hears that Texas will make the decision public by Thanksgiving, while the Austin American-Statesman's Brian Davis and Kirk Bohls relay that we could hear official word on Monday. Strong would regularly be scheduled to hold a Monday press conference. At this juncture, it would appear that Strong will not be roaming the sidelines as Texas looks to improve to 6-6 in Friday's coming contest with TCU. Expect much more from this story to emerge in the coming days.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 7:32 PM

Scout.com's Chip Brown reports that Texas HC Charlie Strong will meet with AD Mike Perrin Sunday evening or Monday morning, presumably to discuss his future.

Initial reports had Strong coaching through to the end of at least the regular season, which will conclude against TCU next Friday, but it looks like that might not come to pass. Boosters are pushing for Strong's ouster following Texas' 24-21 meltdown and defeat at the hands of the mighty Jayhawks in overtime on Saturday. Those same boosters reportedly want Houston HC Tom Herman installed in Strong's place. Stay tuned.
Source: Scout.com
Nov 20 - 5:02 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting that there is "extreme pressure" from "prominent boosters" to replace Texas HC Charlie Strong with Houston HC Tom Herman.

Per McMurphy, Strong is expected to be allowed to coach the regular-season finale against TCU on Black Friday, after which an official decision on his fate will be made. "I do not see how he can survive. He has been given every chance to succeed. Everyone wanted him to," a source told McMurphy. Strong and the Longhorns just fell to Kansas 24-21 in overtime. As for Herman, he figures to have his pick of coaching gigs should he opt to leave Houston.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 20 - 11:11 AM

Rivals' Geoff Ketchum reports that Texas will fire HC Charlie Strong.

Ketchum cites "two high-level Texas sources." He relays that Strong is not expected to be let go on Saturday night, but it should be expected in the coming days. None of this comes as a huge surprise. Strong's coaching seat has been varying degrees of "hot" all season long. The final lick of flame came when the Longhorns fell to Kansas by a 24-21 score in overtime on Saturday afternoon. While it is not yet known who Texas will bring in to replace Strong, Houston HC Tom Herman should be considered a strong contender for the job.
Nov 19 - 10:53 PM

Texas governor Greg Abbott took to social media to show his disapproval for the Big 12's decision not to expand.

"The Big 12 owes a lot of people an apology. It punted on expansion & shanked its future," Abbott wrote, adding that Houston "deserved better." The conference went so far as to begin vetting potential additions (such as the Cougars) after it initially decided upon expansion in the summer. That talk was laid to rest on Monday following a meeting of the board of directors.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 18 - 12:12 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he firmly believes that he should be the coach of the Longhorns.

After opening the season with two victories, Strong has come under increasing fire due to a defense that simply has not stopped anybody (39.6 points allowed on average). Despite his team's struggles, he believes that he can steer the ship through the storm. "What I look at is we have a team that's making strides and not going backward," Strong said. "Now, we haven't won like we want to, but I look at where we're heading and know we'll get there because I believe in the kids so much that I know it's going to happen." Prior to Saturday's loss to Oklahoma, both AD Mike Perrin and president Greg Fenves issued statements of support for Strong. The Longhorns went on to lose that one 45-40.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 11 - 1:15 PM

Texas AD Mike Perrin offered a vote of confidence in HC Charlie Strong.

"I support Charlie Strong. He's my coach. He's a friend. I respect him as a man," Perrin said. He also said that he had "never considered" replacing a coach midseason. In the last two days, Strong has received vocal support from university president Greg Fenves and now Perrin. Two votes of confidence in a week are an ominous sign, but a win in the Red River Shootout on Saturday would certainly help Strong's cause.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 7 - 8:16 PM

An NFL scouting executive says the Texas program has the "best-looking group of young players in the country."

"I just went through Texas on a visit and they have the best-looking group of young players in the country," he said. "It would be a shame to see them take that job away from Charlie just as that team is ready to win big." He isn't wrong. Strong and his crew have dominated in recruiting the past few years. Texas boasts young stars at QB (Shane Buechele), RB (D'Onta Foreman, Chris Warren III), OT (Connor Williams), LB (Malik Jefferson) and CB (Davante Davis and Holton Hill).
Source: NFL.com
Oct 7 - 8:11 PM

Texas president Greg Fenves tweeted out a vote of confidence for HC Charlie Strong.

A vote of confidence of sorts, anyway. Fenves took to social media to write, "Had a great call w/ Coach Strong. We’re behind our student-athletes and coaches as they prepare for OU and rest of the season." Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Strong's chances of keeping his job at the end of the season are very much in doubt at this juncture. The Longhorns have surrendered 40-plus points in three of four contests. Following the Red River Shootout on Saturday, Texas will have a relative two-week breather in which they face Iowa State and Kansas State.
Oct 6 - 12:40 AM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong is "very close" to losing his job at the end of the season, according to SI's Pete Thamel.

Thamel goes as far as saying Strong is "expected to be gone at the end of the season," which would set up another whirlwind coaching carousel. Strong is taking over the defense, demoting Vance Bedford after Texas allowed 50 points to Cal and 49 to Oklahoma State. The season opened with flair, as Texas beat Notre Dame in a closely fought contest. Since then, we have learned Notre Dame is not that good, and neither is Texas. The school has lost two straight and currently sits at 2-2.
Source: Campus Rush
Oct 3 - 8:50 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said, "Whatever I need to do to get [the defense] fixed, it's gonna happen."

"I expect each and every week when we go out to compete that coaches are held accountable," Strong said, "just like I'm held accountable for how this team goes out and performs. We need to coach better, coach harder and be a lot smarter." Outside of an easy 41-7 win over UTEP in Week 2, the Longhorns have been consistently shredded. Notre Dame posted 47 points on them in the season-opener, albeit in double-overtime. No overtimes needed for Saturday, when Cal dropped 50 on Texas. Strong's squad allowed 504 total yards in that one, with Golden Bears QB Davis Webb connecting on a silly eight passes for 20 or more yards. One potential fix (or attempted fix, anyway) might be for Strong to take over defensive play-calling from DC Vance Bedford. He wouldn't commit to that, merely saying that the team has two weeks to sort out their issues. They next take the field against Oklahoma State on October 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 3:47 PM