Coach Strong: I want to come back next year

Coach Charlie Strong addressing rumors of his firing at a news conference on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Chris Tavarez)
Coach Charlie Strong addressing rumors of his firing at a news conference on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Chris Tavarez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong says his future with the University of Texas at Austin will be evaluated after Friday’s game against TCU. During his regularly scheduled news conference Monday morning, Strong addressed the rumors of his firing by saying he spoke with Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin and President Greg Fenves on Sunday and they said he will “be evaluated at the end of the season and after the TCU game, a decision will be made.”

For Strong, his biggest concern is not himself but the morale of his players. Strong said he addressed the rumors and told his team, “There’s a lot of reports out there, there’s no reason for you to worry about me.”

Strong wants the team to focus on their last game of the regular season and enjoy the game. “We’re going to loosen up and have fun. I said we have one game left and it’s important that we go play this game for our seniors and they deserve a Bowl game.”

While Strong realizes that wins and losses are important, he believes the overall development of the young men that join the team is an accomplishment.

“We have a built a foundation and I look at what’s coming back and what’s in the program now… I’m not one to make excuses or what could’ve been,” said Strong. Over the past few years, Strong says he’s been able to recruit a team that has character and class.

With the foundation set, he believes the program is headed in the right direction.

“The wins and losses, they don’t stack up, but you’re looking at a young football team.”

While his future is still uncertain, Strong says he wants to come back next year and continue the work his players and coaching staff has done.

While this season has been frustrating, Strong has always told his players: “Don’t quit on me and I won’t quit on you.”

Strong is 16-20 in his three years with the Longhorns failing to notch a winning season to this point. The last time the Longhorns went to a Bowl game was during Strong’s first season.

Strong officially started his job as head coach of the Longhorns in January 2014.

Group of players shows up to show support for Charlie Strong after rumors he may be leaving the team (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bynum)
Group of players shows up to show support for Charlie Strong after rumors he may be leaving the team (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bynum)