The family of one Texas Longhorns freshman is already considering the next step if head coach Charlie Strong doesn't receive enough support from the school's administration, according to a report from the Washington Huskies' 247Sports site.
K'Tara Lopez, the mother of Texas freshman running back Chris Warren, told RealDawg.com that the family is "not timid about the transfer process," but will remain in the current "wait-and-see stage" with the head coaching situation in Austin. Strong is the right man for the Texas job, she believes, but the family is clearly preparing for the worst possible scenario already.
Would it take Strong's termination after the season to prompt a transfer from Texas for Warren, whose father played for the Seattle Seahawks, building a bond to the city that had the Rockwall product seriously considering the Huskies up until committing the Longhorns on National Signing Day? Or would the appearance of a lack of support and little progress this season be enough to cause Warren to bail?
It wasn't clear from the comments from Lopez, but it does seem odd that the mother of a current player would even make public, on-the-record statements about the possibility of her son transferring. Warren said that he chose Texas when the Horns won a coin flip over the Huskies just prior to his commitment ceremony.
The interview with the Washington site comes only days after freshman cornerback Kris Boyd infamously retweeted a Texas A&M transfer plea during halftime of the blowout loss to TCU.
A report from ESPN on Monday indicated that Strong has currently has "breathing room" as a result of support from new president Greg Fenves and interim athletic director Mike Perrin. However, serious pressure on Fenves and Perrin from boosters in the coming months could seriously change that equation, as such forces were seemingly integral in ousting former athletic director Steve Patterson after less than two years on the job.
Warren hasn't played since suffering an ankle injury against Cal, missing the games against Oklahoma State and TCU. On the season, he's carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards.