Letters to the Sports Editor


Stats, results showed problem was coaching

Some stats recently posted in the AAS are shocking. In Charlie Strong’s three years, the Longhorns’ Big 12 wins decreased by a game each year, and each year yielded seven losses on the schedule; points allowed per game got progressively worse, as did passing yards per game and total defense.

Moreover, performance in 2016 deteriorated almost weekly, ending with debacles vs. Kansas and TCU. A hurry-up offense with the same three plays (sideline pass, deep pass and Foreman run) eventually neutralized Shane Buechele and the offense. I saw little or no passion on the sidelines and the field, bad defensive pursuit angles to the ball carriers, no improvement in tackling techniques, and secondary coverage that was woeful. And please take a knee in the end zone until further notice!

If these are truly 3- and 4-star players, albeit young ones, we saw no improvement with time, so there must be a coaching problem. Tom Herman and his staff will win at least eight games in 2017.

RAY KOZUSKO, Salado

Winners, losers from Texas’ coaching move

Three winners as a result of UT’s firing Charlie Strong and hiring Tom Herman:

1. Strong, as he gets to depart the UT cesspool with $10.7 million.

2. Austin orthopedic surgeons, due to the increased knee replacement business from Austin sports writers and UT athletic supporters from “jumping on and off” the UT bandwagon during the past few years.

3. Big money UT donors that didn’t want an African-American coach to begin with and got their way when Coach Strong was fired.

CALVIN H. GRAY, Georgetown

Strong was a class act and role model for UT

I’m saddened by Coach Strong’s firing, though I expected it. UT is no different than many universities. It talks about the importance of developing young athletes for success, but makes its decisions based primarily on wins and losses.

Strong’s accomplishments are noteworthy. UT carried Mack Brown in his last four years. He left the cupboard bare. Strong replenished it. He added more quality recruits and cleaned up a rancid culture. He built a solid foundation for his successor who now can reap the rewards of his work.

He was a class act and excellent role model. Strong didn’t engage in excuse making or play the blame game. He accepted accountability for his actions. Nor was he an opportunist. Yes, he made mistakes. No coach or human being is perfect. Neither is Herman, who lacks Strong’s character.

Strong will be fine. He was a good coach with sufficient skills to coach at this level. He demonstrated that at Louisville. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the right fit for Texas. But some quality university will hire him soon.

As for Herman, I wish him well. I hope he will build on the current culture established by Strong and the top-notch recruits he obtained. If so, UT football will have a bright future.

WALT DOERING, Georgetown

Strong will find somewhere to bake his cake

Re: “Strong puts on best face as exit seems imminent,” Nov. 26

Regarding Charlie Strong’s cake-baking analogy, as described by Kirk Bohls in Saturday’s Statesman:

A good man will land somewhere on his feet, and know how to go about tweaking his recipe.

STEVE HARKINS, Austin

We won’t miss all of the excuses with Strong

Thanks to Greg Fenves and Mike Perrin for making the head football coach change. A 16-21 record just doesn’t hack it at UT. I hope this will put an end to all the apologists’ attempts to justify Charlie Strong’s lack of success.

It seems like there were far too many excuses made for his three losing seasons. In contrast, Mack Brown was 27-11 in his first three years, and he inherited a situation no better than Charlie did.

We all applaud the arrival of Tom Herman and wish him success. Hook ‘em.

JIM BROADDUS, Austin

‘Tis the season for giving, isn’t it, Texas?

Considering UT’s generosity to the University of Houston, Charlie Strong and his assistant coaches to the tune of some $15-plus million, provided none of the coaches find work, will UT be able to donate a couple of million to the Orange Santa Fund this year? Just wondering.

ROBERT WARD, Austin


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