AUSTIN (KXAN) — As speculation on his future swirls, the University of Texas has yet to make an announcement on coach Charlie Strong’s future. Multiple reports say Texas officials have decided to fire Strong but the university says the decision will come after Friday’s game. Meanwhile, Strong is expected to address the media during his regularly-scheduled news conference at 11 a.m.
Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin released this statement Sunday night: “There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong. I’ve said it all along, we will evaluate the body of work after the regular season. We have a game to get ready for against TCU on Friday, and I hope our fans will come out and support our team. We’ll discuss where things stand after that.”
On Sunday, Strong was in his office preparing for Friday’s game against TCU. Pressure continues to mount on the third-year coach after the 24-21 overtime loss to Kansas on Saturday, dropping the Longhorns 2016 record below .500 to 5-6.
Strong is 16-20 in his three years with the Longhorns failing to notch a winning season to this point.
Strong officially started his job as head coach of the Longhorns in January 2014.
While his job might be at risk because of his team’s record on the field, it’s what he instilled in the players off the field that gained a lot of attention. When Strong was hired back in 2014 he did not waste time demanding a change in Texas football culture.
Strong made headlines right away for cleaning house, changing attitudes, and immediately enforcing a type of discipline that had a lot of football fans and players paying close attention.
The coach set up five core values every one of his players must follow:
- Be honest
- Treat women with respect
- No drugs
- No stealing
- No guns
Strong made it clear that violating these rules is the easiest way to get kicked off the team. The coach dismissed or suspended nine players his first year at UT.