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Cincinnati beat writer Tom Groeschen reports ex-Texas HC Charlie Strong, WMU HC P.J. Fleck and WKU HC Jeff Brohm are the top three choices for the Bearcats coaching vacancy.

We can already envision the universal love Cincinnati would receive if the school hired Strong. This is the first time we've seen the former Longhorn coach's name among possible schools. Fleck and Brohm have been listed with many other programs, including Purdue, Oregon, Baylor, Houston and others. Strong already recruited in the area while coaching at Louisville. Tommy Tuberville stepped down as coach this weekend.
Dec 5 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Texas (5-7) will decline a bowl bid if offered.

Should South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette lose to New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe, respectively, on Saturday, that would leave five bowl slots still to be filled by 5-7 squads. APR (Academic Progress Rate) will determine which straggling squads make it to a bowl. Texas ranks fourth among 5-7 squads in APR. While it is rare for teams to turn down bowl games, even teams holding sub-par records, this is not without precedent. Just last season, Missouri respectfully declined a 5-7 berth due to a variety of circumstances.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 5:50 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Texas RB D’Onta Foreman to Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart.

A true junior, Foreman has announced that he will declare for the upcoming NFL Draft. "Foreman is way bigger than people realize. He has elite size almost to the point where he might need to lose weight to maintain his quickness at the next level," said Zierlein. "Good vision. Quick feet. Proved he can handle being an every-down back this year. His workload this season might be cause for some concern, but it hasn't been an issue until this year." The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Foreman leads the FBS in both carries (323) and rushing yards (2,208).
Source: NFL.com
Dec 2 - 1:22 PM

Texas RB D’Onta Foreman will declare for the NFL Draft.

The nation’s leading rusher with 2,028 yards, Foreman has also scored 15 touchdowns. Foreman joins what promises to be a stacked junior class of runners headed to the NFL. Expect Leonard Fournette of LSU, Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford to all follow suit. Sports Illustrated ranks Foreman as the No. 5 running back in the class. Expect Tom Herman's Texas Longhorns to turn to rising junior tailback Chris Warren next fall to replace Foreman. Warren averaged 5.9 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns before a knee injury suffered in early October stole the rest of his season.
Nov 30 - 3:44 PM

Texas junior RB D'Onta Foreman's father said the public should not believe the reports of the running back declaring for the draft.

That is not to say that Foreman is staying in school, but it leaves the possibility open. "Despite false agent reports... D'onta has made a decision on his future. All I'll say!" the elder Foreman said via social media. Neil Stratton previously reported Foreman has narrowed down his choices of representation. The Texas running back has been a one-man show, rushing for 2,028 yards (6.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns over 11 games.
Nov 29 - 12:06 PM

Inside the League's Neil Stratton reports that Texas junior RB D'Onta Foreman will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Stratton relays that after narrowing his agency choice down to four, Foreman has decided to roll with Select Sports. Neither player nor agency has confirmed this report as of yet. New HC Tom Herman indicated during Sunday's introductory press conference that he had yet to speak with the junior back, but that he hoped to do so on Monday. The 6-foot-1, 249-pound Foreman was nothing short of brilliant this season, rushing for 2,028 yards (6.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns over 11 games played. He rushed for at least 120 yards in every one of those contests. Included in that lot, a towering 341-yard, three-touchdown performance against Texas Tech on November 5.
Nov 28 - 6:40 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman was not shy in his Monday press conference, saying that hte Longhorns "will win championships" under his watchful eye.

"Pressure is self-inflicted. Pressure is self-doubt when you're unprepared. We're prepared for this job," Herman said. "We're prepared for success at this job. We're prepared for adversity in this job. So I don't feel any sense of pressure at all." About an hour before Herman's press conference, he spoke with his new team, later relaying to reporters that he told the players that while now-former HC Charlie Strong is "a heck of a man and a heck of a football coach," the Longhorns "need to change some things" if they are to improve. During Strong's three years as head coach, Texas lurched its way to a 16-21 record.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 28 - 5:01 PM

Texas hired Houston HC Tom Herman as head coach.

Texas has called a press conference on Sunday to announce Herman as Charlie Strong's successor. "The opportunity to come back to Texas is a dream come true for me and my family, and I can't thank President Fenves and Mike Perrin enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity," Herman said. "Longhorn football has been – and always will be – a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base." Herman was 22-4 in two seasons at Houston.
Source: ESPN
Nov 26 - 5:19 PM

USA TODAY reports that Houston coach Tom Herman has told the school that he will be the next coach at Texas.

The Longhorns struck quickly on Saturday following Friday's lackluster loss to TCU, firing Charlie Strong and stealing Herman from LSU, with whom he'd reportedly been hot and heavy with. In turn, LSU removed the interim tag from Ed Orgeron. Herman went 22-4 in two seasons at Houston. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State, where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2014 national championship.
Source: USA Today
Nov 26 - 1:51 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Nov 26 - 10:50 AM

Texas junior RB D'Onta Foreman rushed for 165 yards on 31 carries in Friday's 31-9 loss to TCU.

In what may have been his last game at Texas, Foreman surpassed 100 yards for the 13th straight game. He finished the season with 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming the second 2,000-yard rusher in Texas history, joining Ricky Williams. Incredibly, Foreman needed only 11 games to get there after missing the UTEP tilt. He won't get to play in a bowl game. Texas finishes with a losing record for the third straight year, likely dooming Charlie Strong's regime. According to reports, Foreman is more likely to declare for the Draft if Strong is canned.
Nov 25 - 7:20 PM

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reports Houston coach Tom Herman is "close to being named" LSU's next head coach.

Herman has been linked to Texas for weeks, but it seems he'd rather face Nick Saban each year than go to Austin. Again, this is just a report, but Brown is one of the best out there. Herman gained prominence as Ohio State's offensive coordinator and quickly turned Houston into a highly competitive and exciting team. Brown adds that Herman is still hoping to hear from Texas, but official word from that program won't come until after the TCU contest.
Nov 24 - 8:15 PM

The Chairman of Houston's board of regents pledged to not lose head coach Tom Herman over financial reasons.

Tilman Fertitta is a billionaire. "I do not fear a bidding war for Tom," he said. "We're not going to lose him over money," adding they will do whatever it takes to keep him. Even with this said, the ceiling at a job at Texas is much higher than Houston, despite the success Herman has had with the Cougars.
Nov 22 - 7:55 AM

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


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