A high-ranking Texas source told HD on Sunday Strong will be fired as a result of Saturday night's humiliating overtime loss to previously 1-9 Kansas and a three-year record of 16-20. The only question was when?
Sources told HD Texas president Greg Fenves has wanted to wait to do anything until after Friday's regular-season finale against TCU.
But after discussions among UT officials on Sunday, it sounded like athletic director Mike Perrin might meet with Strong either Sunday night or Monday morning - before Strong's weekly press conference at 11 am CT on Monday, sources said.
The meeting would outline Strong's departure with the hope of Strong coaching in Friday's TCU game "to honor him as much as possible," one source close to the situation told HD.
But at about 6:30 pm CT Sunday, Perrin released a statement saying
“There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong. I’ve said it all along, we will evaluate the body of work after the regular season. We have a game to get ready for against TCU on Friday, and I hope our fans will come out and support our team. We’ll discuss where things stand after that.”
A source inside the Texas football program said Strong hadn't been made aware of any decision about his fate.
"We had practice and have been watching film of TCU," the source said.
During a team meeting Sunday, according to two sources, Strong told his team to focus on playing well against TCU and on getting the team's seniors a win and a bowl game and not to worry about what happens after that. Some of the players took that as Strong referencing his own demise after the TCU game.
A high-ranking UT source said Strong knows he is about to be let go.
"He knows," the source said.
As of Sunday night, the plan was to have Strong conduct his Monday press conference as business as usual without resolution of Strong's job status, which didn't sit well with some high up in the UT community who feel that does no one any favors.
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