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Charlie Strong says he has not been told he has lost his job at Texas, despite reports that a decision to let him go has been made.Ive been told well be evaluated at the end of the season, he said at a Monday news conference.Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said the same thing in a statement Sunday night.Strong said that he met with his team after ESPN, among other outlets, reported that he will be fired.Theres a lot of reports out there, Strong said he told the team. Theres no reason for you to worry about me.Amid the turmoil, some Texas players have reportedly discussed boycotting the last game against TCU.The Austin American-Statesman reported that upperclassmen are trying to intervene to calm the situation.Strong 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. Thats not going to happen.Strong added: I told them not to quit on me and I wouldnt quit on them.Texas wide receiver Jacorey Warrick was that adamant players will not boycott the game and said he hopes the dozens of Longhorn players who came to Strongs news conference to show their support sent a message.He doesnt have the support, I guess, of some of the people who are trying to get him out, Warrick said. But the people who really matter, the players, you can see where our support lies.Strong did say that the rumors and reports have put pressure on the 5-6 Longhorns and that Texas was playing not to lose recently.?When theyre playing the way theyre playing, theyre playing for this coaching staff, I can see the frustration, he said.With tears streaming down his face, defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr. offered a passionate defense of Strongs tenure at Texas, arguing his coaches deserve more than 36 months to turn the program around.In my heart and my spirit, I want him to be here, Boyette Jr. said. I dont make the decisions. Im not the head man in charge. All I can do is pray and hope for the best. I cant say enough about him.Boyette Jr., a senior, said it leaves a bitter taste in his mouth to think another head coach could come to Texas next season and reap the benefits of Strongs three years of building.If they hit the jackpot, they go a national championship, win the Big 12, theyll know who got em there, Boyette Jr. 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.Strongs 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. 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Todd Frazier has 39 home runs and 96 RBI. Jose Abreu is hitting .297 with 97 RBI, putting him well within reach of finishing the season with a .300-plus average and 100-plus RBI.We know where were at, Ventura said. But theres still guys going out there that have a lot of pride. ... You have some things to play for. There are still important, I dont know if they are milestones, but there are numbers guys want to get to.They are going out and doing it in a professional way. Its not greedy.dddddddddddd Its just going out and playing hard, and at the end of the year, you hope your numbers are where they are at.White Sox right-hander James Shields will try to avoid another meltdown in a season that has been filled with them. The 34-year-old is 5-18 with a 5.98 ERA overall this season, and he is 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA in his past 10 starts. Since joining Chicago in a June trade with the San Diego Padres, he is 3-11 with a 7.11 ERA in 20 starts.Shields will face the team that gave him his first opportunity in the big leagues. He went 87-73 with a 3.89 ERA in seven seasons with the Rays from 2006 through 2012.Against the Rays, Shields is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career starts. He has walked two and struck out 17.The Rays slipped to a season-worst 25 games under .500 after a 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon. Rays hitters struck out a franchise-record 23 times.Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left the Sunday game due to a bruised left hand. His status is uncertain for the series opener.Got some treatment on it and hopefully (I will) be ready to go tomorrow, Kiermaier told MLB.com on Sunday. Hopefully the inflammation and swelling goes down and Im good to go.Smyly is 0-0 with a 4.73 ERA in 11 career appearances (four starts) against the White Sox. He has not faced Chicago since 2014. 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