Reacting to Houston's upset win over No. 5 Louisville on Thursday night and afraid Cougars coach Tom Herman may get snatched up by another school, prominent Texas boosters are reportedly putting "extreme pressure" on school administration to fire Charlie Strong and replace him with Herman, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Herman, who has long been considered Texas' top target to replace Strong even as the current Longhorns coach looked to be working towards keeping his job, has been the hottest commodity on the coaching carousel this cycle with reported interest from LSU and Baylor as well as Texas (should it fire Strong), Texas A&M (should it fire Kevin Sumlin), Oregon (should it fire Mark Helfrich) and Florida State (should LSU hire away Jimbo Fisher).
That interest waned a bit after Houston fell to Navy and SMU. Texas considered keeping Strong after a couple of important wins, Texas A&M rose to No. 4 in the country, and LSU looks to be seriously considering keeping interim coach Ed Orgeron, which is reportedly a good possibility.
However, McMurphy reports that the Cougars' victory over the Cardinals made Herman "hotter than ever" with the Longhorns, with an industry source telling McMurphy that Herman will command more than $5.5 million per year for his next job. He is currently being paid $2.8 million annually.
It would not be cheap to get rid of Strong, who would be owed a $10 million buyout, but Texas has been preparing for the departure of the coach who seemed to have one strike already against him the day he took the job.
Texas administration has been steadfast in its public support of Strong, particularly for the rest of the 2016 season, but the talk of his departure has been consistent and lasted all year.