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LSU hires Ed Orgeron....LSU football's search for a new head coach has come to an end.

 

On Saturday, the Tigers named Ed Orgeron the next head coach at LSU, sources confirmed with Geaux247. The news comes after the Tigers had begun a search that included talks with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and Houston head coach Tom Herman.

Orgeron was named head coach during a press conference on Saturday.

Orgeron plans to bring in a new-look staff that includes a splash hire at offensive coordinator. One name mentioned most by sources is Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

 

Texas fires Charlie Strong as head coach after three seasons

AUSTIN — Just under three years since first being introduced and just 37 games into his tenure, Texas has fired Charlie Strong as the head football coach at the University of Texas, officials announced Saturday.

Strong met with Texas president Greg Fenves and athletic director Mike Perrin on Saturday morning before the official announcement shortly after 9:30 a.m.. He ends his short tenure in Austin with a 16-21 record and with three consecutive losing seasons.

"His impact on college athletics and student-athletes should be celebrated," Perrin said in a statement. "Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values. However, after thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were hoping for. This was an important year for our program to take the next step, and the results simply aren’t there, so we’ve decided to make a change."

Strong added "it's a very difficult day for me, my family and all of the people affected by this decision."

"I’m most disappointed for these kids and our staff who have poured so much of their lives into this program for the last three years," Strong said in a statement. "I do understand that it comes down to wins and losses, and we have not done our job in that area yet. I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men."

The decision comes after a week of wild speculation that ended with Texas falling to TCU, 31-9, on Friday for the Longhorns third straight loss.

The drama started Sunday night when reports surfaced that Strong would be fired following Texas’ first loss to Kansas since 1938. Athletic director Mike Perrin released a statement saying Texas would evaluate “the body of work” following the end of the regular season, which came Friday night. But with over 50 players in attendance Strong made an impassioned plea to return in his Monday press conference and the Longhorns made their own pitches to save their head coach.

In the end, the Longhorns failed to find any momentum and fell to the Horned Frogs to finish its season 5-7, the second consecutive year Texas has failed to make a postseason appearance. Horns247 learned immediately after the game that Strong would be out by Saturday.

In his post-game press conference, which felt more like a farewell address at points, Strong, the first African-American head coach of a men’s program at Texas, reflected on his time in Austin, saying he came to Texas to “change lives.”

That was the same goal he had when he was introduced into his historical role alongside an ecstatic then-Texas president Bill Powers and then-athletic director Steve Patterson. 

"We have had a positive impact on our campus and the community, and I’m proud of how our team is focused on earning their degrees," Strong said. "We were developing something really special. This program has a championship foundation built on great young men with tremendous character. There are very bright days ahead, and I’ll be pulling for these kids no matter where I am. I want to thank everyone who supported me and this program for the last three years. I don’t regret coming to Texas. I learned a great deal and grew as a person in my time here. I’ll miss the opportunity to lead this program going forward, but I'm ready to accept my next challenge.”

In the end, the losses piled up more than the wins. Strong, 56, ends his time in Austin with the worst winning percentage of any coach in program history. He’s earned a 53-37 career record as a head coach in seven seasons with most of those wins coming during his four-year stint at Louisville.

According to his contract, Strong will be owed upwards of $11 million for the remaining two years he was guaranteed. It will also cost the school millions more to get rid of the assistants who had guaranteed contracts, a first at Texas.

Strong, who consistently held a genuine and charismatic personality that resonated throughout his program, was thrust into the role of replacing long-time head coach Mack Brown, who had turned the Longhorns into signature program it is today, a few days into 2014. 

He immediately put his own stamp on the program, instilling his five-core values — treat women with respect, honesty, no guns, no drugs and no stealing — and getting his own staff in place to uphold those values. In his first year, he dismissed nine players, including some starters for violation of those values and that same year he lost his starting quarterback and center.

With the rebuilding, Strong finished his first season with a 6-7 record, losing to Arkansas in his only bowl game at Texas.

His second season presented more trouble. The Texas president that hired Strong was no longer at helm of the university and the athletic director that introduced him was fired by November.

On the field, Texas once again lacked an inspired offense and he was forced to demote offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who had come with him from Louisville. The Longhorns finished with a 5-7 record and talks of Strong’s job security began to grow.

But Perrin and Fenves each voiced their support for the head coach at the end of last season.

In response, Strong revamped his whole coaching staff, letting go the majority his offensive staff. After some negotiations and a private trip by Fenves, he added offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and offensive line coach Matt Mattox, who both came from Tulsa and have since improved Texas’ offensive struggles. The only offensive staff member he kept on was receivers coach Jeff Traylor.

For a short time, things looked different in 2016. The Longhorns started with what looked like a signature win against a Top-10 Notre Dame team and Texas started 2-0 for the first time since 2012 following a win over UTEP. The Longhorns would appear at No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 at one point, but things went downhill soon after.

They gave up 507 total yards to California and allowed 555 yards to Oklahoma State in its Big 12 opener after a bye week and the calls for Strong to be fired resurfaced. That’s also when he made the move to demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and take over defensive play-calling duties himself, one of several staff moves in his short tenure.

In his dual-role, Strong found some success, improving the defense in areas and earning a win over then-No. 8 Baylor and Texas Tech. But ultimately Texas couldn’t string together enough wins to please a divided fan base and the powers in Austin.

Strong faced question after question each week on his future, each time saying his focus was on his team and blocking out the distractions. In the end, Strong said Friday night after the TCU game that he felt at points it become too much about him.

Despite the trouble, Strong’s recruiting prowess rarely slipped. He finished with back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes in 2015 and 2016. His slow, simple and genuine recruiting approach appealed to parents — always his go to targets — and helped him build a talent, albeit young roster.

However, with the uncertainty surrounding his job security, he missed out on several top-ranked recruits in the 2017 class, in which Texas has just seven commits.

In his three years, Strong changed the culture at Texas, instilling a program that preached accountability. He just wasn’t able to get it back to national prominence — the expected norm in Austin.

Talk now turns to who will take over as the next coach at Texas in 2017 with most of the speculation surrounding Houston coach Tom Herman. Herman is expected to meet with Texas officials Saturday and Texas has long been thought to be his “dream job.” He worked as a graduate assistant here under Mack Brown and in his two years as a head coach he has earned a 22-4 coaching record. His buyout from Houston is reportedly $2.5 million.



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