One of these days, everybody involved in Kansas 24, Texas 21 will look back on it as a blessing.
Charlie Strong will walk away with $10 million and no doubt in his mind that he deserved to be fired, and Texas won’t have to feel guilty about doing what needed to be done.
Whether the final decision is rendered Saturday night, Sunday or sometime after Texas’ final game, there can be no more doubt about the final outcome here. Change is coming to Austin, and after more than a year of heated internal discussion about whether Strong was the guy to lead the Longhorns back to prominence, it won’t be controversial after all.
Texas President Greg Fenves wanted badly for Strong to succeed, but he needed some evidence in the last two weeks of the season to push back against the big-money boosters thirsting for Houston coach Tom Herman.
Instead, he got a putrid, six-turnover performance at Kansas, which hadn’t won a Big 12 game since Nov. 8, 2014.
Strong is 16-20 at Texas, and for all the recruiting success and the base of young talent he’s built for the future, the team continues to fail at the little things that mostly reflect on the quality of coaching. Penalties. Footwork. Special teams. Concentration.