The final nail in Charlie Strong’s coffin? Texas falls to Kansas State
Charlie Strong isn’t going to make it out of this season with his job. The Texas Longhorns recorded another loss on Saturday, this time 24-21 to the Kansas State Wildcats – a fifth straight defeat in Manhattan over the last 12 years and the 12th loss in 17 road games under Strong.
Up until Saturday’s embarrassing loss, there was a slim chance that Charlie Strong could turn the season around and be given another chance in Austin. Now, though… Well, let’s just say Charlie Strong doesn’t have many people left on his side.
The worst thing about this game is that the Wildcats totally dominated Texas from the get-go – K-State, a team that normally isn’t even in the same league as the Longhorns.
Last week the ’Horns showed improvement on defense, but this week it was like none of that had ever happened. Even when they were in a position to make tackles, the Kansas State offense ran right through them. The Longhorns’ offense was the big problem, however – penalties, dropped passes, and a missed fourth-quarter field goal attempt that could have tied the game and forced overtime.
Ciao, Charlie Strong
After Saturday’s game, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin had “no comment” on the Charlie Strong situation. Just two weeks ago, Perrin said, “I support Charlie Strong. He’s my coach. He’s a friend. I respect him as a man.” Looks like he’s cooling toward the coach.
Some have said (and some might still argue) that Charlie Strong’s career at Texas is young. After all, he’s only in his third season. Still, when you’re the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, you don’t get more than that to prove yourself. Especially when your third season, the one really testing your fit for the job, is the worst yet.
It doesn’t help that Charlie Strong built his reputation on defense, only to see that defense get dominated left and right, week after week. No matter how you slice it, it’s time to bid adieu to Charlie Strong.
The Longhorns face No. 9 Baylor next. Not only are the Bears undefeated, they’ll also be rested after a bye week. Barring some sort of miracle, the Longhorns are going to keep spiraling down this season. It’s possible their three wins this season will remain just that.