Report: Texas ‘very close’ to firing Charlie Strong after season


After a hot start to the 2016 college football season, it looked like Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns could put aside any talks of a hot seat for the head coach.

However, Texas is now on a two-game losing streak, allowing 99 points combined in those games, and Strong’s seat is once again warming up. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the Longhorns are “very close” to firing Charlie Strong at the end of the season.

Strong will also reportedly demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and take over defensive play-calling duties in a last-minute effort to save his job.

From the report:

The official said that there will be no move made during the year on Strong. Part of that comes from the fact that there’s no logical candidate on the staff to take over the program. An announcement is also expected as soon as Monday that defensive coordinator Vance Bedford will be demoted after the Longhorns have given up 99 points the past two games. Strong is expected to take over play calling duties.

Entering this weekend’s game against rival Oklahoma, who is having their own struggles this season, Strong has a 13–16 overall record as Longhorns coach.

A win over the Sooners could potentially buy him additional time as Texas head coach, but losing in the Red River Showdown could be the final nail in the coffin of his coaching career in Austin.

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