Strong continues to deny interest in Miami job

Texas head coach Charlie Strong shouts to his team during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against BYU in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Texas head coach Charlie Strong shouts to his team during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against BYU in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Charlie Strong again addressed speculation linking him to the coaching vacancy at Miami on Wednesday.

Strong adamantly denied any interest in the job, expressing frustration at the continuing reports, despite his constant denials.

“It’s all a rumor, and I’ll say this, we’re here to build a program,” Strong said.

Strong is in his second year at Texas, and is in the midst of a disappointing 4-6 campaign, with a 38-20 loss most recently to West Virginia on Saturday.

In his year-plus as head coach of the Longhorns, Strong is 10-13, with a losing 6-7 record in his first year.

“I have an unbelievable job here,” Strong said. “I don’t know where it surfaces from, but the thing I gotta do is just continue to work here and get this done. I have to be successful here. It’s no doubt. We have an unbelievable fan base, we have unbelievable support of our alumns, so we gotta get it done.”

All indications are that Strong has the full support of University of Texas president Gregory Fenves and interim athletic director Mike Perrin.

“We have great support from our presient and also from our AD with Greg and Mike,” Strong said Wednesday. “They know what the situation is.”

It was announced on Tuesday that Texas would hold a press conference, and on Wednesday it was announced that it would be with Strong. It’s not uncommon for the Longhorns head coach to hold a mid-week press conference during the team’s bye week, despite Texas not holding one during their first bye week of the season following the win over Oklahoma.

During the first part of the season, though, Texas was without a sports information director for football following John Bianco’s firing by former AD Steve Patterson. Bianco was re-hired by Perrin late last month.

Strong announced that senior running back Johnathan Gray and freshman offensive lineman Patrick Vahe are day-to-day. They both left the WVU game with a foot injury for Gray and a knee injury for Vahe.

Sophomore running back D’Onta Foreman will undergo surgery Thursday to fix a broken finger. Strong’s unsure of how long he’ll be out.

Texas plays Texas Tech at home on Thanksgiving.

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