UT’s Charlie Strong Makes A Strong Case For Himself
The Longhorns' coach is turning doubters into believers
So, is University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong on the hot seat?
After TCU stomped the Longhorns 50-7 in week five and UT was sitting at 1-4, the fan base was restless, and first-to-pile-on pundits such as Stephen A. Smith were calling for Strong’s head. Even the Texas Rangers’ Twitter account blasted out “Fire Charlie. #bye.” (The employee who posted the Tweet was fired within an hour.)
One week later, Texas stunned then-No.14 and arch-rival Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout, and the fire was reduced to a slow burn. Now, after last Saturday’s 59-20 crushing defeat of humble Kansas, UT is at a better standing at 4-5 (3-3 in the Big 12), and year two of the rebuild in Austin proceeds apace.
Another point: worse thing Texas can do would be to give up on Charlie Strong now. Be the Steelers, not the Browns. #Longhorns
— Nathan Lovato (@CleanSpaceInc) November 5, 2015
It used to be the rule of thumb in college football that a new coach had five years to turn things around. Now that’s down to three years, and if Strong can duplicate what he did at his previous job, at Louisville– which is a much tougher place to recruit to than cushy Texas — he will be fine. Strong went 14-12 in his first two years with the Cardinals, 23-3 the last two.
The #longhorns won with a 39 point lead. And to think people would actually ask Coach Strong a couple weeks ago if he was considering leaving UT… A photo posted by Alexander Clark Neff (@planetenjager) on Nov 8, 2015 at 11:25am PST
“Cushy Texas” has been his biggest obstacle to date. The Longhorns often get the pick of the litter in one of the most fertile recruiting areas of the country, but a sense of entitlement slowly permeated the program during last four years of the Mack Brown era, resulting in mediocrity that was unacceptable to UT fans. Strong’s mission: Change the culture, and fast. He has a five-year deal, for $5 million per year with Texas, but this is not about the money. Same as at all the big-boy programs, this is about winning — now.
I said from the start, he deserves 3 years. But next season, he’ll be under pressure to win 9 games + https://t.co/0vIeVwcNFN
— Rob Armstrong (@RobioAustin) November 6, 2015