There are numerous reasons why Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is not having success ever since being hired back in 2014. Coach Strong took over a program that was in a bit of a disarray under former head coach Mack Brown.
Longhorn boosters and fans are blinded by what has occurred in both Ohio State and Michigan’s success with their new head coaches. Both Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer have transformed the Wolverines and Buckeyes football programs into perennial powerhouses overnight.
On top of that. Strong is coaching in one of biggest recruiting hotbeds in college football such as the State of Texas. However, the recruiting landscape in the State of Texas has changed.
Who would have thought in a million years that teams such as the Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned-Frogs would have become a part of the National Title conversation on a yearly basis?
The reason for both Baylor and TCU’s success is because those five-star recruits that use to sign with the Longhorns are now joining programs such as the Horned-Frogs and Bears. It takes time and commitment to rebuild a program such as Texas back to relevance in college football.
Coach Strong is committed to returning the Longhorns back to dominance in college football, but the boosters and a particular portion of the Longhorns fan base may not. Their mentality is that the Longhorns must contend for a National Title on a consistent basis regardless if the head coach is in his first year or not.
Another factor that fans may need to consider is that a lot of the recruits coming out of high school are not ready to perform on a big stage such as Texas just yet.
It may take some time for players to get the experience that is needed to perform at the next level. Folks tend to forget that Nick Saban struggled for a moment at the University of Alabama. Fast forward to 2016, and he has won four National Titles with the Crimson Tide.
I believe that Strong can elevate the Longhorns to contention for a National Title soon, but I think he deserves another year to bring in the guys that fit his scheme on defense to slow down high-powered offenses such as TCU, Baylor, and hated rival the Oklahoma Sooners.
So far, he has found his quarterback of the future in freshman Shane Buechele and a few playmakers at the wide receiver position that is capable of lighting up the scoreboard. The Longhorns upcoming opponent will be the Oklahoma Sooners in the “Red River Showdown” at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
According to reports, Strong will not survive if the Longhorns lose another high-scoring affair. If the rumors are accurate, then the boosters and alumni members are delusional.
If the Longhorns hire Tom Herman away from the University of Houston, who’s to say that he is going to set the world on fire in only his first season down in Austin? Folks need to remember that the saying “patience is of virtue” is a valid remark.