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Age / DOB:  (55) / 8/2/1960

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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." Jul 21 - 3:53 PM
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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

According to a Dallas Morning News source, HC Charlie Strong is "very happy" at Texas and is not interested in the Miami coaching vacancy.

A Miami Herald report from two days ago stated that officials at Miami believe Strong is interested in the Hurricanes' coaching vacancy, but this new Dallas Morning News story seems to dump water on the possibility of Strong leaving. And Strong himself more or less laughed off the whole situation when it was first brought to him following Al Golden's firing, saying that he has "a great job" with the Longhorns. Whether or not Strong's interested, expect his name to continue to surface in rumors until the entire matter is settled one way or another.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 09:43:00 PM

The Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson reports that Texas head coach Charlie Strong "has interest" in the Miami job.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy was one of the first to report last month that Strong is on Miami's list of potential candidates to replace Al Golden. When asked in October whether he would indeed replace Golden at Miami, Strong said: "No, I’m not going to Miami. I have a great job. I’ve got to get things done here." This is Jackson's take: "Though public denials would be expected, UM people are under the impression that Texas’ Charlie Strong and Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville have interest in the UM job. Strong is considered an appealing candidate if he and Texas part ways, but that likely wouldn’t happen until after the Longhorn’s regular-season finale Dec. 5."
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 05:09:00 PM

When asked whether he would replace Al Golden at Miami, Texas HC Charlie Strong said that he "ha[s] the best job in the world."

Golden was fired from the Hurricanes on Sunday. Several sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Strong is a potential replacement candidate for Golden, but Strong at least outwardly indicated that he's set with his currently 3-4 Longhorns. Former Miami HC Butch Davis and former Hurricane safety Ed Reed have both expressed interest in the position. "Obviously, I'd love to be considered for that opportunity," said Davis, who coached the team from 1995-2000.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Following a diagnosis of bovine leukemia, Texas mascot Bevo XIV passed away on Friday.

Bevo began rooting on the Longhorns at the tender age of two and served the position of mascot faithfully for the last 11 years of his life. He missed Texas' Red River Shootout win on Saturday and subsequently retired from duty on Tuesday, having been given a preliminary diagnosis of bovine leukemia. A 250-acre ranch would act as Bevo's final home before fate deemed that it was time for him to belong to the ages. Bevo's traveling partner, Ricky Brennes, released a statement following his passing. "Bevo XIV was so much more than a traditional mascot. He was so big and strong, but he had such a sweet personality and a gentle soul."
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 12:03:00 AM