After starting their season out with an unexpected and rousing 50-47 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Texas Longhorns have come plummeting back down to Earth.
They’ve lost their last two games on the road at Cal and Oklahoma State while allowing 50 and 49 points on defense in each game, respectively.
As a result, calls for the Longhorns to cut ties with head coach Charlie Strong are once against growing louder as the program struggles to regain the relevancy it enjoyed during most of Mack Brown’s tenure.
So the question is, how much longer is Strong’s leash?
Longhorns writer for Horns Digest Chip Brown joined Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney of CBS Sports Radio’s ‘Tiki And Tierney’ show to discuss that and what a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the yearly Red River Rivalry game might mean for his future.
“Well I think the president Greg Fenves has come in in his first year and has earned the respect of a lot of the big donors of the school who tend to get involved when the football coach’s status comes in question,” Brown said. “I think they respect Fenves and his office — they have not come out and said it directly — but his office is giving the directive that there will be no in-season firing and I think that that will hold. I think that Charlie will get the season and I think that if somehow he can get to eight wins he keeps his job.”
The Longhorns offense has been pulling their weight, but their defense has struggled immensely in recent weeks, something Strong will have to fix if he wants to reach that eight-win total.
“The problem for Charlie is that he does not have that coach on the field, that playmaker that can turn the tide and settle things down with a big play or get momentum back when you need it,” Brown said. “Some would argue the talent is there and it just has not been coached up and there has been transition. And the secondary coach, Clay Jennings, everybody’s looking at him because the secondary was supposed to be the strength of the team and they’ve looked lost. The safeties, we don’t know what keys they’re reading because they’re all over the place. Charlie taking over the defense this week… all of his chips are in the middle of the table.”