Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns are coming off of a huge victory against the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners this past week and finally got a big statement win. It was a big step for Strong and the Texas football program and they are extremely excited about the step forward that they made.
After the big win, Strong talked to the media about why he felt his team stepped up and played the way that they did. He mentioned that he felt that his players didn’t want to see him get fired and stepped up to play better football because of that fact.
“I’m just so proud,” Strong said after the game. “I think they said they didn’t want to see me get fired, so they were going to step up and play for me. The thing about it is I have each and every week to get a team prepared to go play. I had to have a team focused, a team that has the desire and the determination when they take that field like today, that was the University of Texas. Today was our day, and that’s the team.”
Strong has been trying to turn the Longhorns around since taking over the job. It has been a slow process so far and there has already been quite a bit of disappointment. There were major concerns coming into this past week about whether or not Strong was the right guy for the job.
Now that they have made that statement win, the Longhorns aren’t going to be considering firing Strong this year. More than likely he has bought himself at least one more season as the head coach in Texas and will have a little bit more of a leash to try and turn the program around his way.
Hopefully he can continue taking steps forward throughout the remainder of the 2015 season and into next year.
Texas has quite a bit of talent on their roster and are going to add to that with their recruiting classes over the next couple of seasons. They are going to continue recruiting well as long as Strong is there, although he needs to do a better job of locking up talent from the state of Texas.
Assuming he continues to learn as he gains more experience as a coach, the Longhorns are in capable hands and should continue to make improvements moving forward.
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