Texas Longhorns: 5 Major Issues For Charlie Strong

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Dec 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2014 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“Florida Five” Leader Cecil Cherry Transfers

When you’re heading into your second season at a place like UT, it’s generally not considered a positive when highly regarded recruits change their mind about playing at your program after just a few days of practice.

Yes, yes – Cecil Cherry likely wouldn’t have been relied upon heavily, if at all, this season.

But what about next, which is when things could really be tough for Strong and his young program? It’s not like the Texas defense isn’t in need of more play makers, right? Linebackers like this don’t grow on trees.

Cherry was a dominant high school player at Victory Christian Academy in Florida. This player had enough scholarship offers around the country to take a whole month going through them at one per day.

But apparently Cherry wasn’t going to be on the field this season as much as he and his father had expected. As a result, Cherry will play closer to home for South Florida.

It’s hard to say whether or not this decision had anything to do with Strong, the UT program or the color “burnt orange.”

It does seem a little more like Cherry is a tad immature for the gig in Austin and there’s certainly no morale issues surrounding the rest of the team.

The Longhorns should survive Cherry’s loss this season and beyond, but losing a guy of Cherry’s potential has to be seen as a significant setback for the future.

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