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Texas has decided to fire Strong, according to multiple reports

Kansas’ upset of Texas on Saturday set off a frenzied celebration in Lawrence.
Kansas’ upset of Texas on Saturday set off a frenzied celebration in Lawrence. AP

Texas has decided to fire football coach Charlie Strong, a university source told the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday.

The official announcement might not come until Monday, the source added. “It will happen for sure. The question is when,” the source said.

The decision likely was cemented with Saturday’s stunning 24-21 overtime loss at Kansas, which snapped a 19-game losing streak in Big 12 games.

A source also told CBS Sports that Strong will be fired, and ESPN also is reporting he will be replaced.

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin released a statement Sunday addressing the “rumors.”

“There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong,” Perrin said in his statement. “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.”

Strong is scheduled to appear as his weekly news conference at 11 a.m. Monday as Texas (5-6, 3-5 Big 12) prepares for the regular season finale against TCU on Friday.

Strong is 16-20 in three seasons in Austin and could become the first coach with three consecutive losing seasons since 1936-38.

“He knows what is coming,” the source told the American-Statesman.

Houston coach Tom Herman has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Strong. Herman served as a graduate assistant at Texas from 1999-2000 and is familiar with high school coaches and recruiting in the state.

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