Coach Charlie Strong avoids officiating discussion

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas football Coach Charlie Strong knew it was coming at his media gathering on Monday morning, the officials, the calls, the “bump,” but for the most part, he didn’t take the bait.  When asked about the 16 penalties against Texas,  two less than they were flagged for in the first three games combined, in their 30-27 loss to Oklahoma State including one in him after a rare defensive holding call on Texas on a running play.  “Officials officiate and coaches coach and we’ve just got to do a better job,” Strong said.

When asked about ever being part of a game where his team was flagged 16 times, several considered controversial, Strong’s response was short “no I haven’t” but went on to hold his team and himself accountable.

“We have to be a better disciplined football teams, a lot of times they make the calls and they think they see what they see but we’ve got to be under control ourselves, even myself, sometimes you just get pushed to a point, but I cannot allow that to have a direct impact on the game.”  As for what Strong said to the official before getting the penalty, “I can’t remember what I said to him (laughing).”

Strong would not comment on how many or which plays that Texas would send to the Big 12 office for review, common among all teams after each game.

Now Texas will hit the road for their next two games beginning with 3rd ranked TCU in Ft. Worth on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.  It will be back to back morning starts for the Longhorns, their game against Oklahoma has been set for an 11am start in the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 10.

Roger Wallace will have more on Strong’s response at 5 and 6 p.m.

 

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