Who Will Replace Charlie Strong at Texas?

Like most things, it all started with a rumor that Charlie Strong was to be fired and replaced. Why would the Longhorns wait until the end of the season to replace Strong? What happened to his double overtime victory against Notre Dame? Not good enough? Well, it look as if Strong is in for a kick to the curb! Unfortunately, the bad sometimes outweighs the good, especially in sports. Strong had a close call it being let go about a month after his victory, with he led the team to back to back losses to Cal and Oklahoma State.

Now that the stage is set for a replacement, there is 5 coaching options to potentially replace Strong. The first choice actually turns out not to be a Texas guy, but he would be more than thrilled to take the position. Tom Herman, Houston’s head coach, had been coaching for most of his career. I’m betting he would bring big things to Texas, and pretty fast too!

Choice number 2 would be David Shaw, the Stanford head coach. At first he was looking to be a better suit for USC, but with his NFL experience and a tough mentality, he could also bring great things to the team. Not only is he young and smart, but another African American coach would be positive in many ways for the team.

Coming in at number 3 is Bryan Harsin, the Boise state head coach and previous quarterback for the Broncos. Harsinn was the young, hot guy as a Texas offensive coach, before he took over Arkansas State. The biggest problem is that his offenses didn’t really blow the Texas skirt up.

Greg Schiano, Ohio States defensive coordinator, puts himself at number 4 for the position. He’s actually been quit a popular pick for coaching gigs over the past few months. Schiano has a few trophies in his case, being the most dominant defense in college football during the first month of the season. With his aggression, and attacking defenses, he might be just what Texas is looking for!

Lastly but certainly not least, Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator may be taking a swing at the coach position. He definatly could use a new job after is rough time at the head man at Denver for a couple years. Being only 40, McDaniels is energenic, and excellent at the college level. If Texas is looking for a B+ list coach, he might just do the trick!
Each one of these men have a lot they could offer to Texas. Even though the Longhorn world went completely loony the last time there was a hot seat to replace Charlie, we are hoping for a little less crazy this go around. I’m sure whoever steps in Strongs place will bring big things to the Longhorns. We all know that it takes a strong person to fill such an important position, and I have no doubt that we will be in for a surprise when it comes time to put someone new in Charlie’s seat!

What Went Wrong During the Charlie Strong Era at Texas

After three years as head coach at the University of Texas, Charlie Strong has been fired after compiling three straight losing seasons and an overall 16-21 record. Although there are many causes for the potential departure of Strong, in reality there is no one definitive answer as to why Texas will now have to begin yet another coaching search. In truth, there were so many issues with Strong’s three years at the helm that he was bound to fail eventually.

Inability to beat the top teams

To be the best you have to beat the best, and that is one area where Charlie Strong did not succeed at Texas. Over Strong’s three years at the helm, the Longhorns posted a 5-10 record against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Some of these notable victories include defeating #24 West Virginia in 2014 and #8 Baylor in 2016. Despite small glimpses of incredible play which were able to spring some victories against quality opponents, the University of Texas is simply expected to put together more than one or two wins against ranked opponents a year. The Big 12 schedule provides plenty of opportunity to rack up quality wins, which is something that Strong was not able to take advantage of.

Miserable losses

Although it may have been the loss to lowly Kansas that ultimately caused the Texas administration to fire Strong, there were a number of questionable losses during the three years which Strong led the team which also did not help his cause. Some of the notable losses include Iowa State (2015) and a 41-7 embarrassment to BYU in 2014. At the end of the day, Strong’s tenure may go down as one in which he beat who he was supposed to beat, and lost who he was supposed to lose to. Although it does sound comfortable, this is not a good recipe to keeping your job especially at a major university like Texas.

Inconsistency in coaching staff

Everyone knows that the number one priority of a recently hired head coach is to bring over all of their staff; assistants, offensive and defensive coordinators, etc. While Strong was able to move most of his primary options over to his coaching staff, there was an incredible amount of turnover in those positions during Strong’s tenure. By the time that Strong will officially be relieved of his duties, Strong would have lost eight of his assistant coaches, as well as two instances where coordinators had to be demoted. This incredible lack of consistency ultimately produced plenty of questions surrounding Strong and his staff, and only complicated issues as the team continued to drop games year after year.

Texas pressure

At the end of the day, there are just certain programs throughout the country that just come with an immense amount of pressure. Schools like Alabama, Michigan, and Florida State have some of the most passionate fan bases in the nation, but sometimes that passion can turn against a head coach that cannot produce immediate success. Ultimately, this was the case with Strong at Texas, as he was never quite able to gain the support of the entire Texas football community despite his cries for patience. What even makes the entire situation more unfortunate is that Strong was able to win the hearts of all of his players, as exhibited by their public outcries for support during the past week. However, as much confidence as the Texas players have exhibited in their head man the pressure from the administration and the paying community eventually did him in.