AUSTIN — The Charlie Strong Era is officially over.
After an 16-21 record over three years, Strong was officially removed today according to a press release from the University of Texas athletic department.
It seemed to have been on its way, but a loss in Lawrence assured his departure.
Followed by a 31-9 loss to Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs, Strong’s fate was all but sealed.
With every step forward Strong made – back to back Top 8 recruiting classes, removing malcontents from the program — the former Florida DC and Louisville HC would take three steps backwards – blowouts to TCU (twice), BYU, and Iowa State, failure to add a quality QB until Shane Buechele in 2016, and the inability to add quality assistants until Jeff Traylor, Sterlin Gilbert, and Matt Mattox did Strong in.
Texas’ 21 losses in three seasons under Strong mark the most losses the program has ever seen in a three year span.
After a complete failure in special teams and preparedness at Oklahoma State in Week 4, Texas AD Mike Perrin and President Greg Fenves decided a change needed to be made.
Here is the release from the university:
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND CHARLIE STRONG PART WAYS
After three seasons and a 16-21 record, Strong dismissed at Texas.
After three seasons at Texas, Charlie Strong has been let go as the head football coach, Longhorns Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin said on Saturday. Strong’s Longhorns finished the regular season with a 5-7 record (3-6, Big 12). He finishes his three-year career at Texas with a 16-21 record (12-15, Big 12).
Statement from Mike Perrin, Men’s Athletics Director:
“Decisions like this are tough to make. The responsibility is not taken lightly. I became friends with Charlie Strong before becoming Athletics Director. I have the utmost personal respect for him. His impact on college athletics and student-athletes should be celebrated. Coach Strong represented The University of Texas with class and dignity, and he demanded our student-athletes do the same by adhering to his system of core values. However, after thorough evaluation, the body of work over three seasons has not shown the improvement we were hoping for. This was an important year for our program to take the next step, and the results simply aren’t there, so we’ve decided to make a change. We appreciate Coach Strong so much, are grateful for all he has done with our program and wish him the best in the future.”
Statement from Charlie Strong:
“It’s a very difficult day for me, my family and all of the people affected by this decision. I’m most disappointed for these kids and our staff who have poured so much of their lives into this program for the last three years. I do understand that it comes down to wins and losses, and we have not done our job in that area yet. I accept full responsibility for that, but know in my heart that we accomplished our primary goal, which is the development of young men. We have had a positive impact on our campus and the community, and I’m proud of how our team is focused on earning their degrees. We were developing something really special. This program has a championship foundation built on great young men with tremendous character. There are very bright days ahead, and I’ll be pulling for these kids no matter where I am. I want to thank everyone who supported me and this program for the last three years. I don’t regret coming to Texas. I learned a great deal and grew as a person in my time here. I’ll miss the opportunity to lead this program going forward, but I’m ready to accept my next challenge.”
Link to Statement from President Gregory L. Fenves: