Charlie Strong has released a statement following his firing as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Strong was dismissed on Saturday morning.
After three seasons as Texas Longhorns head football coach, Charlie Strong was fired on Saturday morning. The move comes one day after Texas lost to TCU, 31-9, a defeat that pushed the team to 5-7 on the season and removed the Longhorns from bowl contention.
After news was announced on Saturday, Strong released a statement through the university. While obviously saddened, Strong accepted responsibility for the program’s shortcomings during his turbulent tenure. And while disappointed with how the partnership ended, Strong walks away pleased that he was able to develop a group of young men and make a positive impact on their lives.
Below is Strong’s statement in full.
“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.”
Strong ends his career at Texas with a 16-21 overall record and only one bowl appearance, coming in his first season.