Like most things, it all started with a rumor that Charlie Strong was to be fired and replaced. Why would the Longhorns wait until the end of the season to replace Strong? What happened to his double overtime victory against Notre Dame? Not good enough? Well, it look as if Strong is in for a kick to the curb! Unfortunately, the bad sometimes outweighs the good, especially in sports. Strong had a close call it being let go about a month after his victory, with he led the team to back to back losses to Cal and Oklahoma State.
Now that the stage is set for a replacement, there is 5 coaching options to potentially replace Strong. The first choice actually turns out not to be a Texas guy, but he would be more than thrilled to take the position. Tom Herman, Houston’s head coach, had been coaching for most of his career. I’m betting he would bring big things to Texas, and pretty fast too!
Choice number 2 would be David Shaw, the Stanford head coach. At first he was looking to be a better suit for USC, but with his NFL experience and a tough mentality, he could also bring great things to the team. Not only is he young and smart, but another African American coach would be positive in many ways for the team.
Coming in at number 3 is Bryan Harsin, the Boise state head coach and previous quarterback for the Broncos. Harsinn was the young, hot guy as a Texas offensive coach, before he took over Arkansas State. The biggest problem is that his offenses didn’t really blow the Texas skirt up.
Greg Schiano, Ohio States defensive coordinator, puts himself at number 4 for the position. He’s actually been quit a popular pick for coaching gigs over the past few months. Schiano has a few trophies in his case, being the most dominant defense in college football during the first month of the season. With his aggression, and attacking defenses, he might be just what Texas is looking for!
Lastly but certainly not least, Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator may be taking a swing at the coach position. He definatly could use a new job after is rough time at the head man at Denver for a couple years. Being only 40, McDaniels is energenic, and excellent at the college level. If Texas is looking for a B+ list coach, he might just do the trick!
Each one of these men have a lot they could offer to Texas. Even though the Longhorn world went completely loony the last time there was a hot seat to replace Charlie, we are hoping for a little less crazy this go around. I’m sure whoever steps in Strongs place will bring big things to the Longhorns. We all know that it takes a strong person to fill such an important position, and I have no doubt that we will be in for a surprise when it comes time to put someone new in Charlie’s seat!