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Team: Texas Longhorns
Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/2/1960

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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

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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

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that a rekindling of the rivalry with Texas A&M could be in the cards.

Speaking at the Touchdown Club of Houuston, Strong said, "They're trying to work something out right now where we're going to play the Aggies." This might be the case, but nothing is imminent. A Texas spokesperson told Rivals' Anwar Richardson that no specific plans have been made for a renewal of the in-state rivalry. The Longhorns and Aggies have not played since 2011, with Texas winning that last game 27-25 to come away with an overall record in the series of 76-37-5.
Jun 11 - 2:41 PM

In regards to the possibility of expanding the Big 12, Texas AD Mike Perrin said, "I think the prudent thing for us to do as a conference is stay where we are."

"We had a team in the playoffs last year with Oklahoma. We could've had two teams (TCU and Baylor) in there the year before," Perrin said. "I think the [Big 12] is well positioned on television. I think we're well positioned on the playoffs." Perrin also poured water on the possibility of a Big 12 Network, though that shouldn't come as a surprise given that Texas already has the Longhorn Network in its back pocket. "[The Longhorn Network is] a very valuable asset we have," he said. "I'm not ever going to say something's never going to come about. But it would take a lot."
Jun 2 - 1:15 PM

Texas AD Mike Perrin does not have an employment contract.

The San Antonio Express-News made an open-records request that did not come up with any documents surrounding Perrin's hiring. Texas officials subsequently confirmed that the agreement was a verbal one. "Since Mike Perrin is a key member of university leadership, he and president Fenves agreed that his appointment should be consistent with other university leaders and that no formal contract was needed," said president spokesman Gary Susswein. Among others who have this somewhat unorthodox type of agreement with Texas, executive vice president and provost Maurie McInnis. Perrin took over as interim AD with the Longhorns in September following the firing of AD Steve Patterson and agreed in December to hold the permanent position through the 2017-2018 school year.
May 31 - 2:56 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes that a fast start for Texas HC Charlie Strong is imperative for 2016.

"Strong and the Longhorns need to get off to a good start with a schedule that features a tough home opener against Notre Dame and challenging road tests against Cal and Oklahoma State among the first four contests," Chatmon wrote. Strong, himself, has been pleased with the Longhorns' work this spring, telling Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, "We want to attack people." He has not finished above .500 in either of his seasons with the Longhorns, holding an 11-14 record since taking the helm at Texas in 2014.
May 19 - 8:29 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel that "we're making progress."

"I'm very happy with the way [the offense is] going. It's all about going against one another, so you don't know 'til you line up. But we're making progress," Strong said. He is looking for his quarterback (the Longhorns have yet to name a starter) to be releasing the ball quickly, but Strong thinks the real key to the offense could be the running game. "It's not just about throwing the ball. It's about adjustments," he said. "It's taking advantage of what the defense gives you. We want to run the football. We want to attack people." Strong specifically singled out junior RB D'Onta Foreman as a potential key cog in the evolving Longhorn attack. "Big running back, strong and powerful. He's a guy now."
Source: Campus Rush
May 15 - 1:53 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong may be called on to testify in the divorce case of a Louisville trustee and booster.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that "[a]n Oldham District Court judge will hear arguments Friday on Jonathan Blue‘s motion to compel former University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong to testify in Blue’s divorce suit against his wife." Blue wants Strong to turn over cell phone records (to gauge a correspondence between Strong and the trustee’s wife), disclose gifts he received from the trustee’s wife and reveal his old travel calendars. Previous reports have intimated that Jonathan Blue's wife, Tracy Blue, may have had some sort of relationship with Strong. "I’m not party to their divorce and have received no court order in this case," Strong said in a Saturday release.
Feb 22 - 4:57 PM