On Saturday morning, Texas school officials will meet with head football coach Charlie Strong, according to reports in the media.
It is expected that Strong will be fired during the Saturday morning meeting, said sources.
A number of reports have suggested that Tom Herman the coach at Houston will meet with Texas Longhorns personnel after Strong is fired to discuss taking the head coaching position for the Texas Longhorns.
A number of media reports said that Herman was the top target to head coach LSU, which was at one time interested in current Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
However, sources are now saying that Texas is a strong possibility for Herman, if the administration does in fact fire Strong, who all week long has been twisting and turning amidst reports the school had already made it decision to cut ties with him.
A possible bidding war amongst two strong Power 5 programs over the hiring of Herman might affect the rest of the landscape for coaching across all of college football.
For instance, Baylor was hoping to speak to Herman, who was signed for his first job as a head coach with Houston by Mack Rhoades the current athletic director at Baylor.
However, that was prior to Herman’s stock rising one more notch by throttling Louisville a week ago and prior to Strong and his Longhorns being upset by Kansas and Ed Orgeron the interim coach at LSU and his players being upset by Florida.
The two upsets changed the landscape for Herman and not in the favor of Baylor.
With Herman most likely headed to either Texas or LSU, sources have said that Larry Fedora the head coach at North Carolina is the No. 1 target at this point for Baylor, where he worked at one time as an assistant and has friends as well as supporters still at the school.
Another name has popped up as a possible coach at Texas. Jon Gruden could be hired if Herman is not, reported a national sports magazine.
With both Texas and LSU looking to fill their coaching spots, if in fact Texas does fire Strong, then Herman would be first choice, but Gruden’s name is now in the mix, especially if Herman decides to take the job at LSU.
Since becoming a broadcaster during 2009, Gruden’s name has been connected frequently to high profile coaching vacancies including for the Longhorns back in 2013 when Strong was hired to replace the retiring Mack Brown.