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Charlie Strong Texas Tech press conference notes

The latest on injuries, suspensions, and more.

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On Monday, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong met with the media for his Texas Tech week press conference and wrapped up the shutout loss to Kansas State.

-- The game time for the West Virginia game on November 8 in Austin has been set for 2:30 pm CT and will air on Fox Sports 1.

-- Despite some talk that the suspension for senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison was six games (the punishment for failing a third drug test), Harrison didn't return last weekend, missing a seventh straight game for his current suspension. And Strong said that Harrison won't play against Texas Tech and that the staff has not made a determination about redshirting the talented but troubled player.

-- In injury news, sophomore right guard Kent Perkins is day to day after suffering a knee injury early in the game against Kansas State. Perkins returned to the game, but played poorly in suffering several breakdowns in pass protection and getting called for a hold. Junior wide receiver Daje Johnson, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury suffered against Oklahoma, is now back at practice.

-- Strong admitted that he doesn't think he's done a great coaching job this season. If he had, Texas would have a better record than 3-5, he said. As a coach, that leads to some second-guessing.

-- The reverse play by freshman running back D'Onta Foreman to senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley was supposed to be a pitch and not a handoff, so Strong said that he didn't think there was any confusion on the play, it just didn't get executed correctly.

-- Strong said that it's all about consistency with sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, but noted that there were other factors around him that contributed to the poor play. Strong didn't mention it, but the offensive line had one of its worst performances all season, including the BYU game.

-- True freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard has been progressing well in practice, but Strong said that he's not ready to play yet. The future is bright, however, as the Texas head coach thinks he's going to be an "unbelievable player."

-- On the recruiting trail, even if there isn't success on the field to sell, it's easy to convince recruits that there is the potential for early playing time.

-- Strong didn't want to complain about the officiating and didn't file any official complaints with the conference. It's all about playing better and not making excuses.

-- He blamed the false start penalties on playing not paying attention to the snap count and not being locked in and focused.