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Texas reportedly decides to fire Strong; Gator basketball plays in Tampa on Monday

Charlie Strong is in the third of a five-year deal at Texas and reportedly has a $10 million buyout.

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Charlie Strong is in the third of a five-year deal at Texas and reportedly has a $10 million buyout.

Texas officials have decided to fire football coach Charlie Strong, though the official announcement might not come until today, multiple reports said Sunday.

The decision comes after Saturday's shocking 24-21 overtime loss at Kansas, a team that had lost 19 straight Big 12 games.

Strong, with his wife weeping outside the locker room after the game, said he didn't know what the loss would mean for his future: "No, I don't. No idea."

Strong, 56, is 16-20 in three seasons with the Longhorns and might become the first coach to oversee three consecutive losing seasons at the school since 1936-38. He has the lowest winning percentage of any coach in UT football history and is 5-10 against ranked opponents. He's in the third year of a five-year contract, but even a $10 million buyout likely is not enough to save him.

Strong was the head coach at Louis­ville (2010-13) before joining Texas. He also had a few stints as an assistant at Florida (1991-94, 2003-09).

FSU LOSES 'LOYAL … GIANT:' Monk Bonasorte, a standout Florida State defensive back in the late '70s and later a longtime athletics administrator, died Saturday night of brain cancer. He was 59.

Mr. Bonasorte, who was admitted into hospice care Friday, died in Tallahassee during FSU's 45-14 win at Syracuse.

FSU vice president and athletics director Stan Wilcox called Mr. Bonasorte a "loyal, dependable giant" for the department.

Mr. Bonasorte was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2005. He played from 1977-80, finishing his career with 15 interceptions, second in school history behind Terrell Buckley.

He spent 13 years as president and executive director of FSU's Varsity Club before joining the athletics department in 2008. He was senior associate athletics director for eight years.

Basketball: Gators in Tampa tonight

TAMPA — Florida comes to Amalie Arena tonight for a game against a Belmont team that lives and dies by the 3-pointer.

The Bruins have shot a combined 75 3-pointers in their two games, a loss to Vanderbilt and a 90-69 win Saturday over Western Kentucky.

Florida (3-0) is coming off a 73-66 win over St. Bonaventure on Thursday in which Canyon Barry, the youngest son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, came off the bench with 16 points and five rebounds.

The Gators are playing most of their nonconference schedule elsewhere while the O'Connell Center undergoes a $64.5 million renovation. Tickets to the 7 p.m. game are available through amaliearena.com and at the door.

'Noles romp: Florida State went over 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time in 20 years, rolling to a 100-71 victory over Detroit Mercy. Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles (4-0) with 22 points, and freshman Jonathan Isaac got his first double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The game was part of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

No. 13 Mich. St. 78, FlA. Gulf Coast 77: Eron Harris had 31 points as the host Spartans (2-2) held on when a timekeeping error led to a disputed finish. With 1.6 seconds left, FGCU threw a long inbounds pass from underneath its basket. But the clock incorrectly started when the pass was thrown, rather than when Antravious Simmons caught the ball by the free-throw line at the other end. So as Simmons turned to try a winning shot, the buzzer sounded, much too early. Simmons missed, but FGCU players looked confused and coach Joe Dooley sought an explanation. After a lengthy delay, the play stood. The Eagles (1-3) outrebounded Michigan State 41-29.

No. 1 Duke 75, No. 21 R.I. 65: Luke Kennard scored 24 to lead the Blue Devils (4-1) to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off championship in Uncasville, Conn. Jared Terrell led the Rams (4-1) with 22 points.

NO. 8 VIRGINIA 62, YALE 38: Marial Shayok scored 15 and the host Cavaliers (3-0) held the Bulldogs scoreless for a stretch of nearly nine minutes in the second half.

Women

No. 1 Notre Dame 71, No. 17 Wash. 60: Arike Ogunbowale scored 17 and Kathryn Westbeld added 14 points and eight rebounds as the host Irish (4-0) won the Preseason WNIT over the Huskies (3-1).

NO. 2 BAYLOR 101, MISS. VALLEY ST. 36: Beatrice Mompremier had 11 points and 15 rebounds while playing only 15 minutes and the host Bears (3-1) bounced back from their loss to third-ranked UConn.

NO. 3 UCONN 76, LSU 53: Katie Lou Samuelson scored a career-high 28, Kia Nurse added a season-best 15 points along with eight assists and the visiting Huskies (3-0) extended the sport's longest active winning streak to 78 games.

NO. 4 S.C. 92, HAMPTON 38: Alaina Coates scored 28 and had 16 rebounds to pace the host Gamecocks (2-0).

NO. 5 L'VILLE 92, LAFAYETTE 48: Sam Fuehring scored 13 to help the host Cardinals (5-0) roll in the second day of the Hall of Fame Challenge.

NO. 6 MD. 96, NIAGARA 64: Destiny Slocum scored 25 and dished out seven assists for the visiting Terrapins (4-0).

NO. 10 MISS. ST. 79, NO. 8 TEXAS 68: Morgan William scored 23, Victoria Vivians added 19 and the host Bulldogs (4-0) pulled away in the second quarter thanks to a suffocating defense that held the Longhorns (1-2) without a field goal for the final 9:40 of the half.

NO. 9 UCLA 80, CAL POLY 64: Jordin Canada had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help lead the host Bruins (3-1).

NO. 12 FSU 84, JAMES MADISON 64: Shakayla Thomas had 17 points and seven rebounds and Chatrice White added 16 points to pace the host Seminoles (3-1).

Saturday's state football games

USF vs. UCF: noon, CBS Sports Network

Miami: vs. Duke 3:30, ESPN2

Florida at FSU: 8, Ch. 28

Check out his ballot

For a look at this week's Associated Press top 25 ballot cast by Times staff writer Joey Knight, go to tampabay.com/blogs/bulls.

Texas reportedly decides to fire Strong; Gator basketball plays in Tampa on Monday 11/20/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2016 11:09pm]
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