It was a sunny, 77-degree Monday morning in “the cesspool of…Austin, Texas” when Charlie Strong diplomatically sidestepped ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit’s critique of the football culture on the 40 Acres.
Charlie Strong will coach Texas’ beleaguered defense the rest of the season now that coordinator Vance Bedford has been demoted, the head coach affirmed Monday. The declaration comes just one week after Strong said another staff shakeup would not help the team.
AUSTIN — Vance Bedford tried hard not to go on the defensive Wednesday during his weekly press conference and that, of course, has everything to do with Texas’ failure to get defensive for the second straight season.
AUSTIN — One way to tell if there will be personnel changes in the Longhorn lineup, apparently, is when Texas does not release a Depth Chart.
For the second time this season, Charlie Strong did not provide a 2-deep during his weekly Monday press conference. At the same time, he continued to stress the need to get the “right personnel” on the field to cement a porous defense.
AUSTIN — Up next for Vance Bedford’s defense is a California team that boasts the nation’s No. 2 passing offense but does little else well. Should we expect more of the 3-3-5 that Bedford unveiled against UTEP? And who gets the start at SS?
It’s a misnomer to label the alignment as a three-man front, however.
The most important news following Texas’ 41-7 thumping of UTEP is Monday’s injury report. Every Longhorn starter will be available (fingers crossed, knock on wood) for Saturday’s game at California.
Vance Bedford waited nearly 40 years for Texas to beat Notre Dame, but there’s a reason why he graded his defense with just a C+ following Sunday’s double-overtime thriller.
Texas’ 50-47 knockout of Notre Dame in double-overtime was like a “15-round heavyweight fight”, Charlie Strong surmised on the morning after. The one-two punch of quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes gives Strong what should be a tide-turning, signature win in his third season on the 40 Acres.
Texas DC Vance Bedford wants to play up to eight D-linemen, but which freshmen are standing head-and-shoulder pads above the rest? Should we expect MLB Malik Jefferson at his more natural spot on the edge, and how is it that former walk-on FS Dylan Haines manages to keep his starting job?
AUSTIN — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hasn’t announced his starting QB and, now, Charlie Strong hasn’t either. In fact, Texas broke custom by not even releasing a depth chart Monday.