On the Big 12’s weekly conference call, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong said that he plans on evaluating each member of his coaching staff heading into a bye week before another road trip, this time to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
“We just know defensively we have our issues,” Strong said. “Each coach will be evaluated and we’ll see where we go from here.”
After allowing 50 points and over 500 yards of total offense to the California Golden Bears this weekend, there is increasing pressure on defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, with some calling for his job or for Strong to take a larger role in the defense.
Another coach who will face increased scrutiny is new defensive backs coach Clay Jennings, as his secondary looked unprepared, cautious, and lost at various turns in Berkeley.
Last season, some mistakes and inconsistency were understandable with a young group of cornerbacks. This season, it’s time for those players to start showing more progress — blaming a lack of execution is no longer acceptable.
Strong knows that the secondary has to get better before entering Big 12 play and while it’s hard to say how he’s going to go about achieving that feat, it certainly seems like he is keeping all options on the table at this point.