Fort Worth, TX, United States (4E Sports) – New coach Charlie Strong hit Texas fans with a bitter reality, saying the Longhorns will not contend for the national title in his first season at the helm.
“We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong told fans in Fort Worth during the first stop on his bus tour. “There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be.”
“Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national …’ We will not be in the national championship game,” he added.
Strong was hired in January from Louisville to replace Mack Brown, who registered 158 wins in 16 seasons at Texas.
Strong told UT supporters that the culture will have to change after four consecutive seasons with at least four losses, including an 8-5 mark last year.
“A lot of our guys, they feel entitled and they get a little complacent because of where we are,” Strong said. “So then as a coaching staff, that’s why we have to be so conscious of when the guys feel they are a little better than what they are.”
“It’s all about building their confidence, and I tell them each and every day: ‘You are a good football player. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not’,” he added.