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Loss to Kansas sealed Strong’s fate at Texas (1:50)

Paul Finebaum explains how Texas’ loss to Kansas and the meteoric rise of Tom Herman at Houston were the deciding factors in the Longhorns’ decision to part ways with Charlie Strong. (1:50)

After it was reported that coach Charlie Strong will be fired, some Texas players have reportedly discussed boycotting the last game against TCU.

The Austin Statesman-American newspaper reported that upperclassmen are trying to intervene to calm the situation.

Strong held a news conference on Monday and said that he has not been informed of his fate yet.

“I’ve been told we’ll be evaluated at the end of the season,” he said.

But he said that his team will show up for TCU.

“They will not boycott this game,” he said. “They know this game is about the seniors. That’s not going to happen.”

Strong said that he met with his team after ESPN, among other outlets, reported that he will be fired.

“There’s a lot of reports out there,” Strong said he told the team. “There’s no reason for you to worry about me.”

Strong did say that the rumors and reports have put pressure on the 5-6 Longhorns and that Texas was playing not to lose.

“When they’re playing the way they’re playing, they’re playing for this coaching staff, I can see the frustration,” he said.

Strong is 16-20 overall and 12-14 in Big 12 play in three seasons with the Longhorns. If he coaches Friday against TCU, Strong will clinch either a bowl bid or his third seven-loss season.

Strong said Monday that he wants to return next season and feels that a young Texas team has a lot of upside.

If he is fired, however, Strong will be owed a $10.7 million buyout for the remaining two years on his contract, a fee that would be reduced if he takes another job.

Strong’s situation came to a head after Texas lost 24-21 in overtime to a Kansas team that was 1-9 and had lost its past 19 Big 12 games.

ESPN staff writer Max Olson contributed to this report.