I wanted to relay some information in light of the misinformation and speculation floating around. Rumor peddling is fun intrigue, but there can be a cost to constant misinformation. Not always to the peddlers. But sometimes to the program. The decision was made on the field in Lawrence, Kansas.
LAWRENCE, KS -- A win is a win no matter how ugly it is. But a loss to a team that hasn't won on the Big 12 it seems since the Clinton administration is about as bad as it gets. And from a different angle, when your running back continues to shatter records because you're force feeding him 51 carries - the most in D1 since 2000 and seven from the all-time mark, this loss is the type that gets coaches fired. No matter how many values he has. Here are our Five Quick Thoughts following KU's 24-21 OT win over Texas on Saturday.
The Longhorns lost a heartbreaker at home to the Mountaineers despite forcing four turnovers, driving up and down the field between the 20s for four quarters and out gaining West Virginia 536-383. But the scoreboard determines Ws and Ls, not the box score.
The 7-1 West Virginia Mountaineers comes to Austin ranked 10th in the nation, the Big 12's surprise dark horse. They're the anti-Texas - a team of media-starved veterans exceeding expectation. The only thing they seem to have in common with the Longhorns is their willingness to balance their spread attack with the running game and a base 3-3-5 defense. Unlike us, they installed their defense in August.
Charlie Strong notched his 2nd road win in his last eight and put Texas over .500 and in a favorable position to finish the season with real momentum. The home date against West Virginia looms large. But let's talk about the here and now...
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Look, I'm not optimistic Charlie Strong will be back, but I would like to hit on all the angles and possibilities just in case. Should Strong hang on to his job, we know Vance Bedford is likely out. Clay Jennings should help him pack. Brick Haley has done enough to keep his job across the defensive line dependent on who the new defensive coordinator is and signs off on. Something worth discussing is what will happen with Brian Jean-Mary.
Texas looks to continue to win on the road in Stillwater when they take on Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Saturday. For Texas, this is a big week. It's the beginning of conference play, the defense can show whether it has improved or not, and the Horns have the chance to avenge their controversial loss from last season. We've got you covered: