Though the last 50 or so hours feel like an eternity, it’s worth remembering that the Texas Longhorns lost to the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime on Saturday night.
All of that suddenly seems lost in the fervor over head coach Charlie Strong winning what was expected to be an unpleasant Monday media availability.
Though what happens off the field certainly matters tremendously, it’s what happens on the field that counts the most.
On Saturday, things didn’t go well in that department, a recurring trend under Strong, who now possesses the worst all-time winning percentage in the history of Longhorns football following two consecutive losses.
In fact, Texas is now tied with lowly Rice in winning percentage since 2014 while sitting eight wins behind Texas A&M in that stretch.
The loss by the Longhorns was the first to the Jayhawks since 1938 and broke a host of ignominious streaks held by Kansas — the 19-game losing streak to conference opponents, the 23-game losing streak to FBS opponents, the 11-game home losing streak to FBS opponents, the four-game home losing streak, the nine-game home conference losing streak, and the 13-game losing streak against Texas. All of those were the longest streaks in the FBS or tied for the longest.
Strong’s team lost to the No. 118-ranked team nationally in S&P+ despite an 88-percent chance of winning because the ‘Horns turned the ball over six times, collapsing in overtime with Shane Buechele’s third interception of the game.
The loss happened because Trent Domingue missed a 31-yard field goal, the defense couldn’t stop Kansas from scoring its only touchdown on offense late in the game, and had because the offense had no ability to put the game away in the fourth quarter despite multiple opportunities.
In doing so, the ‘Horns once again demonstrated that consistently winning close games is extremely difficult for this team under Strong after blowing an 11-point lead.
So, what’s more important — winning a press conference or winning games?