AUSTIN - As the Texas Longhorns prepare to play the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas Saturday, rumors about the future of Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong have again come to the surface.
According to ESPN.com, "Texas' administration is receiving 'extreme pressure' from prominent boosters" to fire Strong and replace him with Houston head coach Tom Herman.
The Houston head coach was rumored to be a top target if Strong stumbled this season. But, Herman's team struggled suffering embarrassing losses to SMU and Navy along with struggling against other inferior teams.
Still, according to ESPN.com, when Herman's Houston Cougars dominated then fifth-ranked Louisville on Thursday, the pressure from boosters apparently increased again.
Overall, Herman is 22-3 at Houston and has the team ready for another solid bowl game, possibly either the Miami Beach Bowl or the St. Petersburg Bowl, according to ESPN's bowl projections.
All of the speculation may be a moot point if the Longhorns take care of business against Kansas and return home and do the same against TCU. A 7-5 record would likely get Strong another season at the helm in Austin.
A loss in either of the last two games could open the door to more speculation about the future of the program at UT.
The problem for Texas is the longer the speculation about Strong's job remains out there, the more it could potentially impact recruiting as potential players evaluate the future of a program when they are making their college choices.
The story will start to take shape Saturday as Texas seeks bowl eligibility with a win over the Jayhawks on the road in Lawrence.