Things are not going well for Charlie Strong and company on the 40 acres. Two weeks ago Cal exposed the Longhorn secondary and showed the world that Texas was, in fact, not back. A point that Oklahoma State drove home on Saturday by beating the Longhorns 49-31.
Two and two was not the record Texas fans were hoping for heading into the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma. Before the season, a myriad of high-profile recruiting wins brought Longhorn Nation out of hiding, and the win over Notre Dame to open the season had Longhorn Nation dreaming of what could be.
However, for a coach, there is just about nothing worse than getting the fans’ hopes up just to bring them crashing back down. Fans can cope with being bad if they are prepared for it before hand. But rip their dreams away, after they’ve waiting for so long to “be back”, and people are going to want answers.
One of those people is Texas athletic director Mike Perrin. Immediately after the loss to Oklahoma State, Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com asked Perrin about Charlie Strong’s job security.
“We need to evaluate what happened here,” Perrin said.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, and it certainly looks like Texas could be looking to cut their losses and move on from the Charlie Strong era.
Shortly after making those comments though, Perrin spoke with Jake Trotter of ESPN, and clarified his comment a bit.
“I’m not evaluating Charlie (Strong) per se. I’m evaluating everything,” Perrin said.
Would Texas really part ways with coach Strong mid-season, though? Not likely.
According to Burnt Orange Nation, Strong’s job is safe at least until season’s end, and maybe one more. Should things not turn around for the Horns, it would appear that Strong would be able to sacrifice defensive coordinator Vance Bedford in order to buy himself at least one more year.
“This year’s Oklahoma game is critical for Strong, but his future does not depend on the outcome, the source said. If the Longhorns continue to struggle, though, the most likely scenario is that the defensive staff would be sacrificed for Strong to return in 2017, the source said.”