It’s officially not quite official. The University of Texas is firing Charlie Strong … well, depending on who you ask. The decision to fire Strong was first announced on Sunday afternoon by HookEm.com, and it was confirmed by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
The reports of Strong’s firing came on the heels of Texas losing to Kansas for the first time since 1938. The Longhorns lost 24-21, knocking the team to 5-6 on the year and putting it in a situation where it needs to beat TCU this week to become bowl-eligible. Considering how this season started – with Texas beating Notre Dame in Austin, ESPN saying that “Texas is back,” and the Longhorns jumping to No. 11 in the AP Poll – this is something of a surprise.
However, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin refuted those reports in a statement, saying that the decision on whether Strong will stick around will be evaluated after the season.
Additionally, one reporter out of Texas announced that Strong will face the media on Monday morning.