Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Charlie Strong and Texas Soundly Beaten by TCU 31-9

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Charlie Strong and Texas Soundly Beaten by TCU 31-9

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AUSTIN, Texas - Charlie Strong went to the corner of the stadium to sing "The Eyes of Texas with his team for what was most likely the final time. Texas running back D'Onta Foreman knelt in the end zone, tears streaming down his face. His brother, Armanti, sprinted off the field rather than rather than get caught in a public show of emotion.

All of it signaled the likely end of Strong's coaching tenure at Texas, a three-year rut of losing capped by a dismal 31-9 loss to TCU on Friday night.

The Longhorns took the field amid swirling reports Strong would be fired at the end of the week. Strong and school administrators had said he'd been promised an evaluation after the final game, but a 16-21 overall record for the only Texas coach in program history with three consecutive losings seasons may be all anyone needs to know. Texas will miss a bowl game for the second straight season.

Strong said he'll likely meet with Texas President Greg Fenves and athletic director Mike Perrin on Saturday and he'll plead his case for more time. He has two years left on a guaranteed contract that pays him more than $5 million per year.

"I said the third year we'll make progress, the fourth year will be our year, Strong said. "I was told when I came in three years ago to build a program. The wins and losses don't add up, but it's more than that ... [it's] taking the program in the right direction.

Fenves' office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday night.

Texas' somber finish was a long fall from the season-opening win over Notre Dame when Strong's players tossed him in the air in celebration.

"We've been blessed to have him, freshman quarterback Shane Buechele said. "No one wants him to leave. Everybody wants him to stay.

But Strong's program has moved backward in the Big 12, and Friday's loss was the third in a row to TCU. Horned Frogs quarterback Kenny Hill did the damage this time, running for two touchdowns before TCU put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Hill scored with a 4-yard run that capped the Horned Frogs' first drive. He scored again in the third quarter on a 41-yard scamper that saw him break away from a pass rush and dart along the right sideline to the end zone for a 17-9 lead. …

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