Speculation and rumors running rampant about the job security of Charlie Strong at Texas:
Just days after reports after athletic director Mike Perrin said coach Charlie Strong’s Texas program would need evaluation but not immediate wholesale changes, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Strong will be out as the Longhorns’ coach at the end of the season.
If this seems a little odd...it is. The impact to the current team and any recruits would be tough:
If Texas has indeed decided to part ways with Strong, waiting until the end of the season, especially with at least eight games remaining, seems ridiculous. Anything could happen in those eight games. Texas hasn’t had a winning season since going 8-5 in 2013. The Longhorns could sweep the rest of the season or it could be mediocre. Either way, it’s now out there that Strong is a lameduck coach, which will no doubt have an effect on the way the Longhorns play.
From another article, it is ramping up to be an amazing number of high-profile programs likely looking for coaches:
With Strong expected to be gone at the end of this season, the stage is set for one of the most robust coaching carousels in the past decade. There's an expectation that jobs could open at Texas, Auburn, USC and Oregon to join the opening at LSU. (There's still a chance Penn State could move on James Franklin, but athletic director Sandy Barbour made definitive statements to the Altoona Mirror this week that Franklin "is not on the hot seat" and "is going to be our football coach.")
Lots of potential openings, but leaving Strong hanging around all year doesn't seem like the best approach.
Thoughts as to replacement that fits in with the Texas "brand"? (Paging Dave Brandon)
I'd be yelling too:
Former Texas coach Mack Brown, now a college football analyst for ESPN, gives Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh high marks for all he's done since he was hired the end of last year, even without having coached a game.
"I follow him on Twitter, I watched everything he's done with satellite camps and his confidence, and I think you have to give him an A-plus from the time he's taken the job until now," Brown said.
"The biggest question is to get that quarterback, the right guy, to play consistently well and get the ball to the right people. It'll be fun to watch Michigan especially in that opener."
Slightly on-topic given our Brandon debacle...
Earlier this summer, reports suggested Patterson was facing backlash from some Texas boosters who felt he was alienating the school’s coaches and fans. A report from HornsDigest.com said some prominent boosters felt Patterson was prioritizing money over athletes and coaches, “misleading football season ticket holders” and “alienating longtime donors as well as faculty and staff.”
The Morning News report on Wednesday said Patterson had not yet “reached the point of no return” with university president Greg Fenves, who replaced Bill Powers in June. Fenves and Patterson are scheduled to talk again on Friday as part of regularly scheduled meetings; according to the report, Fenves has in previous meetings “told Patterson of the need to change an approach that some see as impersonal or even arrogant.”
The former Michigan quarterback announced Sunday night that he's transferring to the University of Texas-San Antonio to play his final season of football in 2015.
Didn't see this on the board yet. Feel free to delete if it has been posted already.
Texas Coach Charlie Strong today announced that starting QB David Ash will retire from football due to repeated concussions. This makes So. Tyrone Swoopes the starter. Due to reduced depth, Strong has added intramural star QB Jimmy Greenwood to the roster.
Don't think this is OT, but if it is, someone can correct.
Calling all Texans:
I just received an email from the Houston Alumni association stating that a University of Michigan specialty license plate could finally be coming to Texas.
"The University of Michigan license plate is on its way to Texas! A portion of each plate sale goes to support scholarships for Texas students attending U-M. Be among the first to register at http://www.myplates.com/go/michigan
Come on everyone!