It's really tough to make an argument for Charlie Strong's case following last night's 24-21 OT loss to one-win Kansas.
While his future in Austin may end very soon, one thing is certain about this whole situation: Strong deserves better than to be sitting in a holding pattern.
It is easy to forget the positive things coaches do off the field when their team is struggling on the field, especially following an embarrassing loss to a much inferior opponent.
But at the end of the day, Texas Longhorns will be doing Strong a disservice if the powers that be do not make a public decision pertaining to his future ASAP.
Let's not forget the good Strong has done for the University of Texas.
- This is the same man who has mentored young men - many who come from tough backgrounds - and has been a father figure to them.
- This is the same man who parents of current players have trusted to take care of their children because of his character and values.
- This is the same man who's dedication to teaching young men to be standup citizens above all else prompted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to sit down with him and discuss how the National Football League can take a page from Strong's book to set proper standards and put more of an emphasis on character issues.
It is a coach's job to win, and there is no denying that Strong has not fulfilled that duty, but leaving this man in limbo is unwarranted and entirely disrespectful.
As Chip Brown reported, there have been discussions about how to handle the timeline pertaining to the head coach's future, and a meeting between interim athletic director Mike Perrin and Strong could happen prior to his Monday press conference.
This meeting needs to happen and needs to produce an answer for Strong BEFORE trotting him out in front of the media, only to answer questions about what appears to be the inevitable fate of his future.
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