After a demoralizing overtime loss at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks, it has become quite apparent that Charlie Strong will almost certainly be relinquished of his duties as head coach. In three seasons at Texas, Strong has gone 16-20, while struggling mightily on both sides of the football sporadically.
While Strong has had some serious issues having his players perform on the field, no one says a bad word about him. His players love to compete for him, and that has become even more apparent after today's press conference.
According to a source, younger players at the Texas are contemplating boycotting Friday's game against TCU as an act of defiance against the university's reports of Strong's impending firing. In an effort to calm things down, upperclassmen are apparently trying to persuade those players that are unhappy to take out their transgressions on the field instead of shaking up this locker room.
During his typical Monday press conference, Strong addressed these rumors:
Strong reiterated that he wants to come back next year, regardless of the rumors, and that he believes this current group of players can win a national championship. At the conclusion of Strong's 27-minute press conference, nearly 30 players greeted him with a thunderous applause and hugs.
Like I have said many times before, I love Coach Strong. I think he is the epitome of a players coach and a motivator. However, like I said Saturday night, it is unacceptable for Texas to lose to a then-1-9 Kansas team.
Along with every fan of this team, I want Strong to succeed here. He has a unique personality and seems like a genuine person. Firing him may be the easy copout right now. Stick with Strong and give him the time to develop a defense.