Charlie Strong’s hot seat is warmer than ever following the Texas Longhorns’ third consecutive loss of the season over the weekend, falling to rival Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl.
However, despite the calls for his job, Strong remains composed and appears unflappable in the media.
Most recently, Strong spoke to ESPN and shared his belief that he is still the right man for the job in Austin.
“I said to somebody the other day that what we have going here is that the players are still with us,” Strong told ESPN.com. “Now, if we had the players complaining, we’d be in trouble. And the parents, too. I get text upon text upon text from parents telling me to hang in there and that they’re praying for me and that their son came here to play for me.
“It’s a lot more unified here than maybe some people have made it out to be. We’re talented and we’re young, and we’ve got guys who can play. We just have to find a way to be more consistent, and we’re going to do that.”
The 56-year-old Strong holds a 13-17 record as Texas’ head coach.
Despite the lackluster record and constant pressure, Strong realizes how lucky he was to even be presented with the job opportunity at Texas. And because of that, he’s incredibly thankful.
“It’s part of the business. People lose their jobs,” he said.
“I look at it like this: A lot of African-Americans didn’t get this opportunity, and now that I did get it, there are so many people counting on me to be successful, and not just African-Americans, but people who just never got a chance. Sometimes, I think it’s bigger than me. I don’t know why I think like this, but I’ll be lying in bed at night thinking, ‘There’s another minority out there who wants to be the CEO of IBM, and if I’m successful here, will that success help that guy go be the CEO of IBM or go run a hospital?’
“You look at Texas and look at how big the Texas job is, and nobody wants to win more than I do. But if that opens up doors for others, that’s a win for a lot of people.”
Losing to Oklahoma is never something a Texas head coach wants to do, so it will be interesting to see how Strong and his team recovers.
If the Longhorns can draw inspiration from their coach’s attitude, they could turn things around and string together some positive momentum as the season draws to its end.
Texas returns to action this weekend by hosting Iowa State.
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