University of Texas head football coach Charlie Strong is close to losing his job at the end of the 2016 season, according to Sports Illustrated. The Longhorns are coming off two consecutive losses to Cal and Oklahoma State and are now an even 2-2 on the season.
According to the aforementioned report, Texas would wait until the end of the season to replace Strong because they lack an internal candidate to take over following a mid-season dismissal.
Now in his third year as head coach, the veteran leader is 13-16 with the Longhorns. When he took over at the helm, the program was in disarray after the final years under longtime head coach Mack Brown. Sports Illustrated notes that the school is pleased with how Strong has recruited and rebuilt the team’s culture during his brief tenure. However, there is a belief that he is poor at game management, highlighted by multiple blocked kicks – among other things – this season.
Strangely enough, the team is expected to hand over defensive play-calling duties to Strong this week. The defense has given up 99 total points in their two losses, and coordinator Vance Bedford is facing a demotion as a result. So, on the one hand, Strong is reportedly on the hot seat, while, on the other, he is being given additional responsibilities.
If the Longhorns do elect to move on, the vacancy will become yet another opening in what figures to be a loaded offseason coaching carousel. LSU already has an opening to fill, and struggling teams like Auburn, USC and Oregon are expected to join them, barring a rapid turnaround.