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Charlie Strong On Texas Expectations: ‘There’s A Commitment To Excellence’

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Texas head football coach Charlie Strong embraces high expectations for the Longhorns, and how far away they are from being contenders again.


Charlie Strong is entering his third season as head football coach for the Texas Longhorns. Since his arrival, the program has been less than mediocre, going 11-14 in two seasons. Strong is trying to rebuild Texas into the national power it once was, and for him, it comes down to all players and coaches taking responsibility for the program.

“You look at the first two seasons and you would love to have a better record than what we’ve had,” Strong said in an exclusive interview with Campus Insiders. “Now that you’ve been there for three years, it is all about ownership. Our players are taking ownership now of our program. Everything is said so much about our youth but I still have an older group of guys that have really bought in.”

The expectations, no matter what talent or schedule the Longhorns must face, will always be sky high at Texas, and Strong welcomes that pressure.

“You wouldn’t want it any other way,” Strong said. “You want to be at a program where the expectations are high, there’s a commitment to excellence.”

While rebuilding the program is a process, Strong maintains a win-now attitude.

“Our goal is to win every game and to go and compete each and every week,” Strong said. “We haven’t been a consistent football team. You’re always talking about elevating the program.”

So, how close are Strong and the Longhorns to becoming Big 12 and national contenders? Even the coach doesn’t know that answer.

“I can’t say how far away we are right now, but I just know this: we are taking steps to get it back where we need to get it to.”

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