In a Monday speech given to faculty members, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong adopted an uncommonly confident attitude in discussing the future of his program and predicting a turnaround after going 11-14 after his first two seasons in Austin.
"What's going to happen when we flip this thing? Where are we going to be then?," Strong said, according to the Statesman. "You think about what we're doing right now, what's going to happen when we really get it turned?
"They might as well move out of the way, because we are going to steamroll everyone," he added. "That's going to happen."
Indeed, though the 'Horns finished 5-7 last year and missed a bowl game for the first time since 2010, there were signs that Strong is headed in the right direction -- Texas upset Oklahoma and Baylor last fall, then used momentum from the latter event to hire offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert away from Tulsa and finish the 2016 class with a number of huge late pledges.
On National Signing Day, Strong and his Longhorns attracted national attention by landing seven commitments, vaulting Texas to as high as No. 9 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings before settling at No. 11. That 2016 class will soon join a 2015 group on campus that produced three freshman All-Americans, providing the nucleus for the future teams that Strong believes will find a great deal of success on the field.
Having two young and talented offensive linemen in that group will make that task easier and there's no question that beefy running backs D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren have the bruising capabilities to make that type of physical domination into a reality.
Strong didn't place a specific timetable on the turnaround and it may not happen this season since the talent in the upper classes is still depleted as a result of attrition, but if Texas can show progress in 2016, the steamrolling could commence the following fall.