Jul 21, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong speaks to the media during the Big 12 Media Days at Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong facing no less than five serious issues heading into the 2015 college football season.
The former head coach at Louisville rode into Austin last season to replace Mack Brown, winner of a national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl. That fact alone would have put tremendous pressure on just about anybody not named Nick Saban entering 2014.
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But Strong took the challenge.
Last season wasn’t exactly a great one for University of Texas. Strong came into a nearly impossible situation with which to succeed and measured up pretty well at that.
Now, a record of 6-7 in a first season might pass at many Texas programs, whether it be at the high school, college or professional level. The Longhorns fit that list as well, albeit quite grudgingly.
What about the second season?
Well, here’s where things get awfully sticky in terms of expectations and patience.
No, UT is not exactly one of the more patient campuses when it comes to football. A significant turnaround is expected this season by Strong, but things don’t appear to be pointing in that direction.
The following is five obvious questions facing the Longhorns and their newish head coach next season. Perhaps these are the biggest ones, and maybe they’re not. Maybe each of these situations are ironed out successfully before the season opener at South Bend against Notre Dame.
Realistically, these issues will linger for awhile, and there’s likely to more down the road.
One thing is for sure: Strong will be the Longhorns head coach in 2016, unless the program suffers a serious setback for some reason(s). Last year’s 5-4 mark in the Big 12 offers some hope, but to move things along, Strong has to respond first to the following:
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