Overnight tailgaters for Longhorns game voice support for Strong

Tailgaters voice support for Charlie Strong (KXAN Photo)
Tailgaters voice support for Charlie Strong (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s never too early to tailgate. Some UT fans pulled up early Friday morning near the Bullock State History Museum off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Many people are looking forward to the big game at 2:30 p.m., but there’s a lot of anticipation about what will happen to Coach Charlie Strong. Is he staying or going?

“I’d like to see him stay,” a tailgater, Eddie, told KXAN’s Lauren Kravets. “I think he’s been doing a great job even though we’ve lost some games, they haven’t been real disasters or anything like that. I think the team’s really improving.”

Meat! Tailgaters prepare for the big game Friday (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Meat! Tailgaters prepare for the big game Friday (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

The rumors all started last weekend that Strong was going to be fired. However, Athletic Director Mike Perrin said they’ll evaluate Strong after the regular season.  The Longhorns are playing Texas Christian University, a team they’ve lost to big time over the past two years under Strong’s leadership, that includes a 50 to 7 loss last season. Despite all the rumors, Strong is trying to keep his team focused on the field.

Looking at UT records, Coach Strong does have the worst record of any football coach in Texas history. Coach Jack Chevigny (1934-1936) finished with the only losing record of any head coach, after three seasons.

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