This probably hasn’t been the start Charlie Strong envisioned when he left Louisville for the Longhorns. Just four games into his second year in Austin and he’s already into double-digit losses. Texas went 6-7 in 2014, and due to a horrific opening schedule this season, the Horns are off to a 1-3 start.
Despite the empty stands and the back-to-back heartbreaking losses though, coach Strong is receiving support from a somewhat unlikely source. According to Orangebloods.com, billionaire booster Red McCombs emailed Strong earlier this week with words of encouragement.
“McCombs wanted Strong to know how much he supported the team, the coaches, and what is being done to turn around the program. After Strong was hired, McCombs blasted the decision during a radio interview.
“However, McCombs has gone out of his way recently to inform Strong he supports the coach.”
You may remember that McCombs wasn’t very happy about the hire when it was announced coach Strong would be replacing former head coach Mack Brown.
“I think the whole thing is a bit sideways,” McCombs said at the time during an interview with ESPN 1250 San Antonio. “I don’t have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.
“But I don’t believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don’t think it adds up.”
I don’t think there’s any question whether or not Charlie Strong is a good coach. Just look up what he did at Louisville. However, pundits have started to wonder just how long he’ll get to turn things around. It’s been a massive undertaking as the Longhorns have played at least 15 freshman in every game this season. The “Hook ‘Em” faithful isn’t especially known to be a patient bunch though, so it great to see at least one influential booster is letting it be known that he stands behind the job Strong is doing.