The Charlie Strong to Miami rumors have continued to circle around the Longhorns' second-year head coach. Multiple media outlets have claimed there being mutual interest in Strong becoming the next head coach for the Hurricanes, all according to unnamed sources.
Strong addressed the speculation Wednesday evening.
“It’s all rumors,” Strong said. “We’re here to build a program. That’s why I came here.
“I know we have a ways to go, but I have great support from our president and also from our AD with Greg (Fenves) and Mike (Perrin). They know what the situation is.”
Earlier Wednesday, HornsDigest.com reported UT president Greg Fenves and interim athletic director Mike Perrin are “unequivocal in their support of Charlie Strong coming back in 2016 – even if Texas loses its final two games against Texas Tech and Baylor – because they feel Strong didn’t receive the support he needed during his first 20 months at Texas.”
Strong has continued to publicly deny the rumors and even laughed about it when he was first asked if there was any truth to the speculation. But it seems like those laughs have turned into snarls, and the coach is sick of hearing it.
When asked if the constant speculation of him going to Miami has “bothered” him, Strong said, “It does. I have an unbelievable job here. I don’t know where this has surfaced from.”
Bothered or not, Strong understands why fans are upset with the state of the Texas football program. The Longhorns have a rich history and winning tradition, and Strong knows he has to turn around the program.
“I can see where it’s upsetting because everybody is disappointed. No one is more frustrated than I am. When you go out to play, you want to win. That’s what it’s all about,” Strong said.
“It’s important and I have to be successful here. There are too many people counting on us to get it done. We have an unbelievable fan base and unbelievable support from our alums so we have to get it done.
“I don’t listen to the noise because you can’t control that. Everybody wants a winner. But like I said, our president and AD have been very supportive of this program. I feel like that you can’t please everyone and everyone wants a winner. If it doesn’t happen, they have a right to be upset.”