Texas (5-6) will reportedly part ways with Charlie Strong following this Saturday’s game against TCU. Tim Brando isn’t shocked by this, but that doesn’t mean he likes it.
“Listen, I’m not surprised this is happening,” the Fox Sports college football broadcaster said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “You can’t lose to Kansas for the first time since 1938 when your job’s on the line, so you’re not going to survive this. But in the bigger picture, the Texas situation was screwed up before he got there. He cleaned it up to the extent that he could, and I’ve seen some headway made in terms of the infrastructure of the program. But you got to get the Ws as well as clean it up simultaneously, and he didn’t do that. But it’s going to be another couple of years before they get this thing right, regardless of who they hire. The biggest issue they have is not on the field; the biggest issue they have is there are too many leaders that aren’t leaders who are governing their program.
“So I don’t care who they bring in,” Brando continued. “I understand why Charlie is going to be gone. I think it’s a shame that he will be gone because the freshmen and sophomores that he has on this team – they’re on the precipice of some real good things. It’s really kind of a shame because I think in that fourth year – next year – he would have had a breakthrough season. I don’t think they’re going to be transitioning again, and the Texas cesspool of leadership will continue to take them in the wrong direction.”
Brando believes that Texas will hire Tom Herman. The 41-year-old helped Ohio State win a national title in 2014 and is 22-3 at Houston.
“I think that’s the direction they feel like they need to go in,” Brando said. “I’d be shocked if they don’t get him.”
Brando was also asked about Herman’s old team, the No. 2 Buckeyes (10-1), who will square off against No. 3 Michigan (10-1) this Saturday in Columbus in perhaps the biggest game of the season. Ohio State is a 6.5-point favorite, but Brando is going with the underdogs.
“I like Michigan,” he said. “I think Harbaugh gets it done – with no quarterback. I think his defense is going to be able to handle Barrett. I think Ohio State has been somewhat anemic. They were very fortunate to get out of East Lansing. I think Michigan’s been poised for this for quite some time, and you talk about screwing up the College Football Playoff. If Michigan wins, what do you do with the Big Ten Championship? Let the chaos begin so that we can move from four to six teams, which I believe we will if in fact we have two teams from the same conference get in. I’m telling you: If two teams from one conference got in this year, there would be a massive overhaul of the College Football Playoff format. I don’t think it’ll happen this year, but it’s not that far away from becoming a reality.”