(Nick Caito / ESPN Images)(AUSTIN, Texas) — ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that the University of Texas has decided to fire its head football coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. The decision comes following the Longhorns’ overtime loss against Kansas University, the first time the program has lost to Kansas since 1938.
McMurphy reported on Satruday there were a number of Texas boosters exerting “extreme pressure” on Texas to fire Strong.
Strong told ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit on Sunday night that he has not been in contact with the university about his job status, but has heard of reports of his potential firing. Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said Sunday night that the University was continuing to evaluate Strong.
Texas is still searching for its first winning season since Mack Brown resigned in 2013.
Strong took over the program in 2014 and lost seven games in each of his first two seasons. The Longhorns are currently 5-6 and face TCU on Friday. Should they lose, it would be the first time the Longhorns have ever lost at least seven games in three straight seasons.
Strong was hired after serving as the University of Louisville’s head football coach for four seasons. During his tenure at Louisville, he went 37-15 and won two bowl games.
Should Strong be fired, the school will owe him a $10.7 million buyout for the final two years left on his contract.
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