Charlie Strong's firing was supposedly set in stone, but things turned quickly in Austin, Texas, over Thanksgiving break in the hours before the Longhorns' final regular season game against TCU on Friday.
The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls reported late Thursday that "it's conceivable that Texas coach Charlie Strong could save his job with a blowout win over TCU in Friday's regular-season finale" but noted that the "odds were slim."
According to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, Texas university president Gregory Fenves "doesn't want to fire Strong" but influential boosters were hoping they could replace him with Houston's Tom Herman. Earlier this week, oddsmakers even named Herman as the only option for wagering on the next Longhorns coach.
As coaching searches do at this time of the season, things changed quickly after a reported meeting between Herman and LSU on Thursday.
With LSU potentially two days away from officially hiring Herman, the eyes are upon Texas once again.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman added his own notes to the story.
W/ all of the rumors/reports swirling, have been hearing #Texas actually had not decided to fire Charlie--contrary to what was out there.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 25, 2016
Whether the outcome of Friday's game against TCU will save Strong's job is unclear, but if Texas officials are not in a position to land Herman, it seems unlikely that they would decide to make a change, even despite the Longhorns' historic loss to Kansas last Saturday.
If Texas' president and players are behind Strong -- as evidenced by reports of player boycotts earlier in the week -- then Strong might get the benefit of time and circumstance with a chance to make his case to stay on another year.
Let's not forget something similar happened to LSU coach Les Miles just one year ago. Of course, Miles had a national title on his resume with the Tigers, while Strong is 16-20 at Texas.