Kansas’ Memorial Stadium appears to have claimed another victim.
Following Texas’ 24-21 loss to Kansas on Saturday, there have been numerous reports that the decision has been made to fire Longhorns football coach Charlie Strong after the season.
By my count, there have been three other Big 12 coaches in recent history who can point to losses in Lawrence as the unofficial point when they lost their jobs.
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Nebraska coach Bill Callahan
▪ Nov. 3, 2007: Lost at KU, 76-39, with the Huskers allowing the most points in their 117-year history.
▪ Nov. 24, 2007: Callahan fired by athletic director Tom Osborne.
Kansas State coach Ron Prince
▪ Nov. 1, 2008: Lost at KU, 52-21, after falling behind 31-0 at halftime. KU students chanted, “Save Ron Prince” during the game, according to the Associated Press.
▪ Nov. 5, 2008: Prince fired by athletic director Bob Krause, who directly referenced the KU loss: “I think, in all honesty, that coming into the game, the buildup was there that there was a significant expectation that we would expect to win. That certainly is a factor.”
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins
▪ Nov. 6, 2010: Lost at KU, 52-45, after KU scored 35 unanswered points in the final 11:05. It was the biggest collapse in Colorado’s 121-year history. Hawkins also made the controversial decision to stick with his son, Cody, at quarterback during the fourth-quarter meltdown.
▪ Nov. 8, 2010: Fired by athletic director Mike Bohn, who said this immediately after the game: “It goes without saying that this game was extremely disappointing on many levels and obviously these developments do not meet our expectations. That`s not to disparage Kansas` accomplishments in any way.”