Texas pres­i­dent tweets sup­port for Strong

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

AUSTIN, TEXAS >> The Univer­sity of Texas pres­i­dent of­fered sup­port Wed­nes­day for be­lea­guered foot­ball coach Char­lie Strong ahead of the Longhorns’ ri­valry game against Ok­la­homa.

“Had a great call w/ Coach Strong. We’re be­hind our stu­dent-ath­letes and coaches as they pre­pare for OU and rest of the sea­son,” Pres­i­dent Greg Fenves tweeted.

Strong is 13-16 in three sea­sons and un­der mount­ing pres­sure to turn things around. Strong de­moted de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Vance Bed­ford this week af­ter the Longhorns gave up 50 and 49 points in con­sec­u­tive losses.

Af­ter last week’s loss at Ok­la­homa State, ath­letic direc­tor Mike Per­rin told a re­porter he needed to eval­u­ate what hap­pened. A school spokesman said the com­ments were about the coach­ing staff need­ing to eval­u­ate the game.

Fenves’ state­ment is no­table in that it only ad­dresses this sea­son. Strong has two more years left on a guar­an­teed con­tract that pays him more than $5 mil­lion per sea­son. A Fenves spokesman said the pres­i­dent would have no fur­ther com­ment.

Fenves didn’t hire Strong but is per­son­ally in­vested in his suc­cess. Fenves sur­prised many when he flew with Strong and Per­rin to Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, last De­cem­ber to woo of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ster­lin Gil­bert to the Longhorns af­ter con­sec­u­tive los­ing sea­sons.

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