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Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/2/1960

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Texas governor Greg Abbott took to social media to show his disapproval for the Big 12's decision not to expand.
"The Big 12 owes a lot of people an apology. It punted on expansion & shanked its future," Abbott wrote, adding that Houston "deserved better." The conference went so far as to begin vetting potential additions (such as the Cougars) after it initially decided upon expansion in the summer. That talk was laid to rest on Monday following a meeting of the board of directors. Oct 18 - 12:12 PM

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Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he firmly believes that he should be the coach of the Longhorns.

After opening the season with two victories, Strong has come under increasing fire due to a defense that simply has not stopped anybody (39.6 points allowed on average). Despite his team's struggles, he believes that he can steer the ship through the storm. "What I look at is we have a team that's making strides and not going backward," Strong said. "Now, we haven't won like we want to, but I look at where we're heading and know we'll get there because I believe in the kids so much that I know it's going to happen." Prior to Saturday's loss to Oklahoma, both AD Mike Perrin and president Greg Fenves issued statements of support for Strong. The Longhorns went on to lose that one 45-40.
Oct 11 - 1:15 PM

Texas AD Mike Perrin offered a vote of confidence in HC Charlie Strong.

"I support Charlie Strong. He's my coach. He's a friend. I respect him as a man," Perrin said. He also said that he had "never considered" replacing a coach midseason. In the last two days, Strong has received vocal support from university president Greg Fenves and now Perrin. Two votes of confidence in a week are an ominous sign, but a win in the Red River Shootout on Saturday would certainly help Strong's cause.
Oct 7 - 8:16 PM

An NFL scouting executive says the Texas program has the "best-looking group of young players in the country."

"I just went through Texas on a visit and they have the best-looking group of young players in the country," he said. "It would be a shame to see them take that job away from Charlie just as that team is ready to win big." He isn't wrong. Strong and his crew have dominated in recruiting the past few years. Texas boasts young stars at QB (Shane Buechele), RB (D'Onta Foreman, Chris Warren III), OT (Connor Williams), LB (Malik Jefferson) and CB (Davante Davis and Holton Hill).
Oct 7 - 8:11 PM

Texas president Greg Fenves tweeted out a vote of confidence for HC Charlie Strong.

A vote of confidence of sorts, anyway. Fenves took to social media to write, "Had a great call w/ Coach Strong. We’re behind our student-athletes and coaches as they prepare for OU and rest of the season." Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Strong's chances of keeping his job at the end of the season are very much in doubt at this juncture. The Longhorns have surrendered 40-plus points in three of four contests. Following the Red River Shootout on Saturday, Texas will have a relative two-week breather in which they face Iowa State and Kansas State.
Oct 6 - 12:40 AM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong is "very close" to losing his job at the end of the season, according to SI's Pete Thamel.

Thamel goes as far as saying Strong is "expected to be gone at the end of the season," which would set up another whirlwind coaching carousel. Strong is taking over the defense, demoting Vance Bedford after Texas allowed 50 points to Cal and 49 to Oklahoma State. The season opened with flair, as Texas beat Notre Dame in a closely fought contest. Since then, we have learned Notre Dame is not that good, and neither is Texas. The school has lost two straight and currently sits at 2-2.
Source: Campus Rush
Oct 3 - 8:50 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said, "Whatever I need to do to get [the defense] fixed, it's gonna happen."

"I expect each and every week when we go out to compete that coaches are held accountable," Strong said, "just like I'm held accountable for how this team goes out and performs. We need to coach better, coach harder and be a lot smarter." Outside of an easy 41-7 win over UTEP in Week 2, the Longhorns have been consistently shredded. Notre Dame posted 47 points on them in the season-opener, albeit in double-overtime. No overtimes needed for Saturday, when Cal dropped 50 on Texas. Strong's squad allowed 504 total yards in that one, with Golden Bears QB Davis Webb connecting on a silly eight passes for 20 or more yards. One potential fix (or attempted fix, anyway) might be for Strong to take over defensive play-calling from DC Vance Bedford. He wouldn't commit to that, merely saying that the team has two weeks to sort out their issues. They next take the field against Oklahoma State on October 1.
Sep 19 - 3:47 PM

The Big 12 expansion process is "gaining little ground," according to Texas beat writer Geoff Ketchum.

Per Kecthum, no candidate has six votes at this time, and eight are needed in order to gain entry into the conference. This seemed to be a fast paced process this offseason, but things will likely slow down until after the season.
Sep 16 - 10:15 AM

Texas slotted in at No. 11 in the latest release of the AP Top 25.

This is the first time that the Longhorns have graced the Top 25 during Charlie Strong's coaching tenure. They were unranked entering Sunday's date with Notre Dame. That date went spectacularly for Strong and company, as they topped the Irish in a 50-47 double-overtime thriller. Texas also gained entrance into the Amway Coaches Poll, though they place at a more conservative No. 20 on that one.
Sep 6 - 3:00 PM

Only General Managers, not area scouts, are being credentialed for the September 4 game between Texas and Notre Dame, according to Dan Hatman.

The game was originally slated for September 3, but was moved one day later for an "exclusive" window. The game is being played in Austin, and this method of not credentialing prospective future employers (NFL teams) is very odd. If we are being honest, there is not enough draft-eligible talent on Texas' roster to warrant a visit from NFL GMs, a week before their seasons kick off. Only six Texas prospects have been selected in the last three drafts.
Aug 5 - 9:52 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he is not concerned when recruiting targets commit to other programs.

When Strong's targets initially commit elsewhere, he merely shifts his focus to grinding the opponent into metaphorical recruiting dust. Said Strong, "A lot of times when a young man commits early, that’s the school you know you gotta go beat. Just go beat up that school until you get him to change his mind." Strong's long-game approach led to a strong (puns) push on National Signing Day in February, including a flip of five-star LB Erick Fowler from an expected LSU signing. The Longhorns also unexpected cleaned up after Baylor lit itself on fire back in May, scooping up freshman four-star studs such as WR Devin Duvernay and OL Patrick Hudson. "With this group that's coming in," Strong said, "either some of them may have an opportunity to start or they're going to provide a lot of depth for us."
Source: Rivals
Jul 21 - 3:53 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong continues to tell the media he wants to name his starting QB early in preseason camp.

"You want to get your offense going and so guys can know," Strong told ESPN's Trevor Matich. The head coach added that two quarterbacks will play no matter what, and certain packages might be in place week to week. Freshman Shane Buechele starred in the school's spring game, leading to Longhorn fans to have a mild panic attack in happiness. Tyrone Swoopes is his main competition.
Source: ESPN
Jul 6 - 10:57 AM

Texas AD Mike Perrin believes that Texas and Texas A&M will play again at an undetermined future date.

"I think the game will be restored at some point, but who knows when," Perrin said. "Some point," according to Perrin, probably won't come until at least 2026, when the Longhorns have more schedule flexibility. Since Texas A&M fled to the SEC after the 2011 season, the two programs have faced off in volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s tennis. Just not football. On the gridiron, Texas leads the dormant series with a 76-37-5 record.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 4 - 2:57 PM

247Sports senior reporter Jeff Howe wrote that "the recent additions [to Texas 2016 recruiting class] have taken a good class and made it an elite one."

"The six highest-rated signees in the class were guys Texas added either on signing day or within the last week. That’s an insanely good close," Howe wrote. In addition to Charlie Strong's impressive work in scooping up former four-star Baylor signees Devin Duvernay, Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez and three-star ATH Donovan Duvernay, Texas already had 15 ESPN 300 names coming in as part of the 2016 freshman class, led by OLB Jeffrey McCullough, the outlet's No. 26 prospect. An anonymous Big 12 assistant coach told ESPN that he believes that "[t]hey'll surely get a bump [in 2017 and 2018] after this amazing run."
Jul 2 - 7:00 PM

A rival Big 12 assistant coach told ESPN that Texas HC Charlie Strong's efforts to bring in former Baylor recruits this month "will go down in the history books as one of the best recruiting jobs ever."

After Baylor lost a number of high-profile recruits following their move to terminate HC Art Briles at the end of May, Strong's work to bring them into the Longhorns fold was nothing short of remarkable. Four-star WR Devin Duvernay, four-star OL J.P. Urquidez, four-star OL Patrick Hudson and three-star ATH Donovan Duvernay all hooked up with Strong's crew this month. Add this to the fact that Texas made an impressive National Signing Day push back in February. One Big 12 assistant believes that "[i]t’s this type of attention that will help them with the 2017 and 2018 classes, too. They’ll surely get a bump after this amazing run." That assistant offered one other piece of high praise, saying, "It has to be one of the top five classes in the country after this."
Jun 30 - 12:40 PM