Saturday was not a good afternoon for the Texas Longhorns’ football program. A 49-31 defeat in Stillwater at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys swiftly halted the momentum that the Longhorns appeared to be building after the first month of the season as the country’s 22nd ranked team was thoroughly beaten down on the road.
After a loss to California last week, the road defeat is the second straight disappointment for head coach Charlie Strong as the Longhorns are no longer on the rise. With the current regression from a fast start to the season to now, things in Austin are souring as it is no longer all positivity as the Longhorns have gone from 2-0 to the .500 mark with two straight losses.
After the game, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin commented on the loss and claimed it is time to start evaluating the program. These thoughts weren’t likely in the mind of Perrin and Longhorn fans two weeks ago when the school appeared to be on the rise after some down years.
Perrin talked to two separate reporters postgame, sticking to his guns that he is open to a full evaluation of the football program – including in regards to the aforementioned Strong. Even so, Perrin made it clear that his head coach isn’t exactly on the hot seat, via Jake Trotter of ESPN.
“I’m not evaluating Charlie per se,” said Perrin. “I’m evaluating everything.”
Nonetheless, another disappointing campaign could possibly unseat Strong despite the fact that he initially led the Longhorns to a win over Notre Dame and into the top 25.