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Charlie Strong fired by Texas after three seasons

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Charlie Strong did nothing to save his job at Texas, but from the very day he was hired it was clear it wasn’t going to work out in Austin. Texas wanted Nick Saban, but when he wouldn’t leave Alabama they settled on Strong. It was a move prominent Longhorn booster Red McCombs expressed his displeasure with; with some a racial undertone on those past comments.

Strong didn’t care about being all buddy-buddy with the boosters at Texas. He wasn’t Mack Brown, who was was great at all of the hand-shaking and catering to the demands of the boosters, alumni and media. Strong was a players coach whose priority was teaching his players how to succeed both on the field and in life.

It wasn’t a great fit for Strong to be at Texas, but the miserable 16-21 record made it impossible for his tenure to extend any longer. They’ve lost seven games all three years he’s been at the helm of one of the crème of the crop programs, appearing in just one bowl game, which was also a loss.

Regardless of what might have been said about Strong being able to keep his job had his team beaten TCU in their season finale on Friday, there was absolutely no way Strong was going to be retained after his team lost at Kansas, snapping the Jayhawks 19-game losing streak against FBS opponents. And especially not when Tom Herman was looking to move on from Houston and was being targeted by some other major programs, most notably LSU.

Wins over Notre Dame and Baylor (even though neither win looks all that impressive anymore) were not going to be enough to save Strong. Even a winning season might not have saved Strong considering everything he was faced with – both alumni and boosters being at odds with him and red-hot up-and-coming coach at a smaller program in the state of Texas being available. Short of a Big 12 title, they may have made a move no matter what.

Strong is a good football coach, and will likely take over another big program and have success there. Texas just wasn’t the place that was going to happen and it was pretty clear from the job. Strong went 37-15 at Louisville in four years before he took over Texas, with a combined 23-3 record the previous two seasons and wins in both the Sugar Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl. Programs on that second level – perhaps maybe even Houston in a coaching swap, or Boston College, Kansas, Baylor (if they’ve looking for a squeaky clean coach to take over the administrative mess they are faced with right now), Purdue, Cincinnati or Connecticut – should all be lining up for him, even despite what happened at Texas over the past three seasons.

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