Following the 49-31 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road Saturday to drop the Texas Longhorns to 2-2 on the season, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin told Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods that “we need to evaluate what happened here.”
Perrin provided some clarification for that comment, but the damage was already done:
Texas AD Mike Perrin after Oklahoma State loss to @Jake_Trotter: “I’m not evaluating Charlie (Strong) per se. I’m evaluating everything"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 1, 2016
The fact remains that the comment will only fuel speculation about the job security of Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, who dropped to 13-16 in his career at Texas with the loss.
And Perrin’s statement (and clarification) certainly won’t decrease the pressure on embattled defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. The longtime colleague of Strong dating back to their days at Florida did have some play-calling duties stripped — the head coach said that he made “a few” defensive calls against Oklahoma State.
Strong won’t get fired this week and it’s unlikely that he’ll make any official moves with Bedford since he’s already on record as believing that firing his defensive coordinator won’t fix the continued problems defensively, but it’s definitely not going to be a pleasant week in Austin.
But Strong is officially on notice and won’t get a fourth season in Austin without the team showing some major improvements in short order.