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Chip Brown of was part of a handful of reporters who met with Texas athletic director Mike Perrin on Friday - the eve of the Red River Shootout. Perrin talked about all the emails and comments he's getting about Charlie Strong and what "really bothers" him after losses to Cal and Oklahoma State in which the defense gave up a combined 37 plays of 10 yards or longer and three blocked extra points.

On if there's a number of wins Charlie Strong needs to hit to ensure his future as coach at Texas, Perrin said, "I don't have a magic number."

Asked specifically about if 8 wins would be the improvement needed for Strong to remain coach, Perrin simply said 8 wins "would be a mathematical improvement."

On Strong's decision to demote DC Vance Bedford and take over the defense himself, Perrin said:

"He's the head coach. He felt it was the decision to make, and I support him."

Perrin said he was "not happy we lost" to Cal and Ok State.

"Both games , I thought we could've won and didn't," Perrin said.

He called the defense "troublesome" and added, "To have problems in the kicking game bothers me."

Perrin cited a saying his former coach at Texas - Darrell Royal - used to say:

"Press the kicking game for it's here the breaks will be made."

Perrin went on to say special teams may be less than 10 percent of the actual plays in a game but called their impact "far-reaching in terms of impact on field position, yards and points."

Perrin said he understands young players may make mistakes on defense and noted "eight of 11 starters on defense are freshmen or sophomores."

It was clear, however, any special teams deficiencies really bother Perrin.

Perrin cited recruiting and improvement on offense under new OC Sterlin Gilbert as positives.

"I feel really good about the players we've brought here, and I remain very excited about Texas football," Perrin said.

"I haven't given up on the football team or any aspect of it."

Perrin said he's gotten some "negative comments" on Strong following losses to Cal and Ok State in which the defense gave up a combined 37 plays of 10 yards or longer and three blocked extra points. But Perrin said he's gotten "far more positive" comments.

"I support Charlie Strong," Perrin said. "He's my coach. He's a friend. He's a good man."

Perrin said he expects any decision on Strong's future to be the Texas AD's decision.

Asked if any final decision on Strong's future could come during the season, Perrin said:

"That's something I've never considered."

Asked about possible Big 12 expansion, Perrin said, "There's no mandate to actually have a vote."

But he added that such a decision would be made by league presidents and chancellors.

"That's (Texas president) Greg Fenves' vote - not mine," Perrin said.

Perrin took offense to a recent reference to him by Sports Illustrated as a "placeholder."

"I don't feel like a placeholder," said Perrin, who was named interim AD on Sept 15, 2015 and then permanent AD by Fenves on Dec 4, 2015.

"I don't act or get treated like a placeholder. I'm the athletic director, and I plan to be there as long as President Fenves wants me there."

Fenves' current agreement with Perrin runs through the 2017-18 school year.



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