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Charlie Strong talks TCU loss
The Texas Longhorns were hammered by the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday 50-7 and Texas head coach Charlie Strong's frustration manifested itself in the post-game press conference. As is customary, Strong fielded questions from the media but spent the majority of of the time staring down at the podium, looking up only occasionally.
In his opening statement at today's presser the second-year Texas coach laid it all out on the table.
“Totally disappointed, frustrated after the past two weeks how we came out and battled and competed. We came out today and just didn’t play hard. Just simple, fundamental techniques…You get into a big game like this, and you have the offense, and we have to play better. We’re looking for more leadership, do a better job of coaching, and we’ve got to get this turned around. We have no choice.”
Texas fans have overtly heard the realities of the team - they are young, inexperienced and need more time to be competitive. There is a lot of talent on the team but there isn't that "one guy" that can carry the team on his shoulders, explains Strong.
"We’re missing that key guy - somebody that can take the team and take the team over. We don’t have that key guy. We gotta find that guy and if not we have to continue to develop him."
The coaches and fans alike thought redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard was a candidate to fill the role after a string of solid performances against Rice, Cal and Oklahoma State. Heard was replaced by Tyrone Swoopes in the second half of the TCU game after throwing for only 48 yards.
Strong was asked about his thoughts on the team's progress and improvement throughout the season.
"We have to learn how to compete. We don’t know how to compete yet. There’s something about pride- pride in yourself. It’s a very competitive sport- this is a game of life. You have to know when things aren’t going right, that someone has to step up. That’s just not what we’re getting right now. “
As if correcting in-game performance wasn't enough, Strong will be forced to deal with his players and their use of social media. During the halftime break defensive back Kris Boyd retweeted a tweet that referenced an open invitation for him and Teammate Malik Jefferson to transfer to Texas A&M. Strong seemed unaware of Boyd's use of his phone.
"Our players should never be on their phone at halftime, I was not aware of that but they should never be on their phone."
On if today was his worst day as a head coach:
"Oh, it is. I felt like the way we played the last two weeks we were going to come in and compete."
Strong summed it up succinctly.
"Today was awful, it was embarrassing… we just have to continue to coach."
The Longhorns will face #15 Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown next Saturday in Dallas.