Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong may have changed his mind about playing the ones against the ones in the Orange-White game on Saturday, but he didn't mince words when talking about the national title chances for his team next year at the first stop on the Comin' On Strong tour in Fort Worth on Monday evening.
"We have everything available, and I don't know why we can't be successful," Strong said, as related by the Statesman. "There's no reason for us not to be. Now, I can't tell you how soon it's going to be. Don't hold me to that. Don't say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we'll be in the national...' We will not be in the national championship game."
So, there's a stark assessment. Maybe the new head coach took that Comin' On Strong thing too literally.
With major question marks at the quarterback position and the offensive line, there certainly isn't talk in Texas circles about making it to the playoffs even, but the admission of reality from Strong was a remarkably candid take from a head coach.
Was it the right decision? Is he undermining or underselling his team by making that statement?
He could have merely left it at "I can't tell you how soon it's going to be," when talking about the timetable for his team to become competitive. So perhaps this is merely an opportunity for growth for a coach who isn't the most polished around the media and will have his every word deciphered and analyzed and overanalyzed from here on out.