Texas Fires Head Coach Charlie Strong

Statements below via TexasSports.com and UT News:

Statement from Mike Perrin, Men’s Athletics Director:
“Decisions like this are tough to make. The responsibility is not taken lightly. I became friends with Charlie Strong before becoming Athletics Director. I have the utmost personal respect for him. His impact on college athletics and student-athletes should be celebrated. Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values. However, after thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were hoping for. This was an important year for our program to take the next step, and the results simply aren’t there, so we’ve decided to make a change. We appreciate Coach Strong so much, are grateful for all he has done with our program and wish him the best in the future.”

Statement from Charlie Strong:
“It’s a very difficult day for me, my family and all of the people affected by this decision. I’m most disappointed for these kids and our staff who have poured so much of their lives into this program for the last three years. I do understand that it comes down to wins and losses, and we have not done our job in that area yet. I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men. We have had a positive impact on our campus and the community, and I’m proud of how our team is focused on earning their degrees. We were developing something really special. This program has a championship foundation built on great young men with tremendous character. There are very bright days ahead, and I’ll be pulling for these kids no matter where I am. I want to thank everyone who supported me and this program for the last three years. I don’t regret coming to Texas. I learned a great deal and grew as a person in my time here. I’ll miss the opportunity to lead this program going forward, but I’m ready to accept my next challenge.”

Statement from Greg Fenves, President of the University of Texas:

Charlie Strong is an outstanding leader and role model who worked hard and with great integrity to move Longhorn football in the right direction. He has been committed to helping our student-athletes succeed both on and off the field. I share the pride, admiration and respect that many in Longhorn nation and beyond feel for him.

In the end, the results over three seasons were not there. It was not clear the future was going to be at the levels expected of Longhorn football.

I congratulate our players, who showed great heart and resilience this season, with many outstanding performances. Elite student-athletes come to UT expecting to compete at the highest levels and succeed academically. The university will continue to pursue those goals and prepare them for life after college.

I am grateful for the contributions Charlie Strong made to our athletics program and the community. I wish Charlie, Vicki and their family only the best moving forward. I will forever consider them friends of the university.

Thank you for the values taught to us all, Coach Strong. Hook ’em.

Charlie Strong Is Better Than Your Coach At Dabbing

You may have seen another coach wearing crimson trying to woo recruits, but it’s Coach Strong who has the ‘tude to pull it off.

Never forget.

Watch Charlie Strong & Mack Brown Do The Ice Bucket Challenge

Texas Longhorns Coach Charlie Strong and former Coach Mack Brown have both done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

We at Longhorn Humor want to challenge the Longhorns to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in the form of Ws this season. Hook ’em!

Charlie Strong Ice Bucket Challenge

New Strong-Era Texas Football Jerseys to Remove Burnt Orange

In a statement released today, Coach Charlie Strong remains steadfast in bringing the T back to Texas. The big news coming out of the 40 Acres: Burnt Orange will officially be removed from all jerseys for the 2014 Football Season.

“Burnt Orange has become too much of an icon for the University of Texas Football program. As head football coaches like Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury become designers in their own right, I’m becoming the anti-designer,” Coach Strong said when describing the update to the design.

Coach Strong went on to explain that numbers on jerseys will be off-white, so that individualism remains subtle.

Recently, Strong created a new rule banning any players from throwin’ up the Hook ’em Horns until they earn it. It remains to be seen if players will eventually be able to earn the burnt orange back throughout the season.

UPDATE: Our April Fools prediction came true! See photos below from a recent  practice where Longhorn stickers were removed from helmets (players have to earn them back).

 

What Every Longhorn Should Do Until August 30, 2014

Yup. College football season is over. FSU won the National Championship (just not as great as we did). And now you’re left wondering what the hell to do next over the most depressing part of the year. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered .

Step 1: Take a look at next year’s schedule

2014 TEXAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
(Home games in bold caps; all times TBA)

Aug. 30: NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 6: BYU

Sept. 13: vs. UCLA (Arlington)
Sept. 27: at Kansas*
Oct. 4: BAYLOR*
Oct. 11: vs. Oklahoma* (Dallas)
Oct. 18: IOWA STATE*
Oct. 25: at K-State*
Nov. 1: at Texas Tech*
Nov. 8: WEST VIRGINIA*
Nov. 15: at Oklahoma State*
Nov. 27: TCU*

*Big 12 Conference game

Step 2: Visit and bookmark HornsCountdown.com

2014 Longhorn Football Countdown

 

Step 3: Drown in your sorrows until August 30, 2014.

Step 4: Slap yourself.

Because everything is going to be OK!

BECAUSE NEXT YEAR WE’RE GOING TO BE TEXAS STRONG!

Texas Strong