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Updated: 2016-11-22T18:37:27-06:00


WATCH: Matthew McConaughey talks Charlie Strong and Texas-TCU



“For his entire three years here, he’s had one goal in mind: What’s best for these young men.”

World-famous actor, UT alum and Texas Longhorns superfan Matthew McConaughey took time to share his opinion on Charlie Strong and the upcoming TCU Horned Frogs game.

Campus Insiders has the clip:

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"For his entire three years here, he’s had one goal in mind: What’s best for these young men," McConaughey says. "That’s going to be the legacy of Charlie Strong. And that’s a great thing and that’s why we’re going to go out and whoop TCU’s ass on Friday."

Well said.

Texas toppled by Colorado 68-54 in Legends Classic


Back-to-back bad performances by the ‘Horns. For the second time in 24 hours, the Texas Longhorns fell short in a match up that wasn’t particularly close throughout; this time to the Colorado Buffaloes. An Eric Davis jumper opened the mid-day action to give Texas a 2-0 lead, but Colorado immediately jumped ahead and never looked back en route to a 68-54 victory to secure a third place finish in the Legends Classic. Texas tested Colorado down the stretch, trimming what was a double-digit lead for the majority of the game to just five points with 3:29 remaining in the game. Only a minute later, though, the lead was back to 10 (63-53) and the final outcome was essentially decided. For Texas, the story behind yet another double-digit defeat is simple — far more turnovers than assists and domination by the oppontent on the glass. After 40 minutes, Texas had compiled only three assists compared to 12 turnovers, while losing the rebounding battle 43 to 32. Kerwin Roach Jr. and Jarrett Allen did their part offensively, adding 16 and 15 points, respectively, but no other Longhorn scored more than eight points, which came by way of a 3-for-8 effort from Shaquille Cleare. As a unit, Texas shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field and only hit 3-of-17 heaves from the perimeter. An instant video recap of Texas success putting the ball in the basket against Colorado. Less than great— Cody Daniel (@CodyDanielSBN) November 22, 2016 It was, potentially, the easiest prediction BON has made all season. The leadership at Texas is, in a word, pathetic. It fumbles the ball in critical situations more often than the actual team. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again -- but this particular mess could be one of the ugliest yet. First, let’s be clear about the correct decision: Texas should have let Strong go on Sunday after the Kansas game. Nobody would blame Texas for parting ways with a coach who has posted the worst three-year record in Longhorns history after a stunning overtime loss to Kansas — a team that hadn’t won a conference game in two years. It was an anticipated move that made sense for all parties involved. Instead, Texas did nothing on Sunday. From a PR perspective, this is the absolute worst possible option. Texas had the opportunity to get out in front of this story and completely blew it. The failure on the Texas administration this week is arguably worse than the failure of the Texas football team on Saturday in Lawrence. If Texas knew on Sunday morning it was keeping Strong on staff for TCU, it should have released a statement saying as much right then. Getting out in front of this story — rather than responding to reports after the fact — would have eliminated much of the hysteria on Sunday night. Hysteria that has pushed Texas players to the point of threatening to boycott the next game. And let’s be completely clear, if the decision makers have already decided to fire Strong after the TCU game — they deserve to get fired as well. Strong nailed his press conference on Monday morning — Texas provided him with an opportunity to make a case as to why he should stay for another season to the media. If Strong is getting fired regardless of Friday’s outcome, this press conference should never have happened. There is nothing the Texas administration can learn about Strong’s ability to coach in the next week that it doesn’t already know. Sitting on a decision and letting Strong blow in the wind this week is cowardly. UT President Greg Fenves doesn’t know football or college athletics — but because he decided to hand the keys of the football program over to an inexperienced booster instead of a professional, he’s the one sinking this ship. And he has decided to take it down at the same pace as the Titanic. And if Texas beats TCU? All bets are off. This whole mess gets a lot uglier. Strong’s players will carry him off the field. Texas fans will give him a raucous ovation. The Longhorns will be bowl eligi[...]

Texas to face Colorado for third place in Legends Classic



The ‘Horns meeting with the Buffs will top off at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU

Following a 3-0 start to the season, the Texas Longhorns faced their first true test of the season and failed miserably, falling 77-58 to a Northwestern Wildcats team that controlled the majority of the evening. Less than 24 hours later, Shaka Smart’s young bunch of ‘Horns are presented with an opportunity at redemption meeting with the Colorado Buffaloes for third place in the Legends Classic.

Much like Texas, Colorado failed its first test of the season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but did so in a much more competitive contest. In what initially looked to be a blowout saw the Buffs claw back and eventually trim what was once an 18-point lead to only five points two separate times in the final two minutes.

Each are now faced with the possibility of leaving Brooklyn without a victory.

For the ‘Horns, the key to bouncing back will be overcoming the youthful mistakes that plagued them against Northwestern — rushed and unorganized offense, turnovers and consistently being out of place defensively. To make that task taller, Texas is pitted against yet another veteran team in Colorado, which features four seniors and a junior in the starting lineup. The personnel matchup shouldn’t prove too damaging, as the Buffs essentially play small ball with four guards/wings and an undersized big man. To that end, Texas will be without freshman center James Banks, who will sit today following his Flagrant 2 ejection late in the game against Northwestern.

For a guard-heavy rotation at Texas with a shortage of reliable and experienced post talent, the ‘Horns can do enough to get back into the win column if a few more shots fall than yesterday and the turnovers are limited.

Daily Round Up: Texas Firings Are A Sloppy Mess


UT has a penchant for bizarre, prolonged dramas. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> Strong press conference, November 21, 2016. No matter how the Strong situation plays out, it will be a sloppy, public mess. Texas seems to have a penchant for “bizarre, prolonged, public firings.” Strong lobbied for his job at Monday’s presser. “At one point, when asked if he would retain himself as the Longhorns’ football coach if placed in the position of the school president, Strong replied: “I would.” Strong handled the press conference like the pro he is. “Charlie handled that press conference like a true pro. I thought he was very dignified in the face of a tough situation, and it's easy to see why players love him and recruits flock to him.” What went wrong and why? “People who spend time working with Strong like him and want him to succeed. So many people wanted this to work. But for whatever reason, it just didn't.” Strong believes that a TCU win will carry some weight. "I don't really think so," Strong said, when asked if he believed a decision about his future had been made. "I'd like not to think it has, because I've been told they would make the decision after the TCU game. I don't believe it has been done." It will be expensive to buy out Strong’s contract, but when has money ever been an issue for Texas? “Strong, who is currently the sixth highest paid coach in the country making $5,200,130 per year, would be owed a $10 million buyout from Texas. While a sizable amount for most programs, nothing is too extreme when it comes to the Longhorns’ deep pockets.” Texas is one college football team loaded with talent. “Texas is one of 12 college football teams loaded with some serious talent. “The national champion will almost certainly be from this group: The 13 teams to reach the blue-chip threshold this year are Alabama, USC, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan, Auburn, UCLA, Texas A&M, Georgia, Clemson, and Texas.” At least the new coach will inherit a favorable recruiting situation. “The new Texas coach is going to get a pretty sweet gig from a talent and recruiting standpoint. And what’s more, the new guy will be able to put that talent to use against the least talented competition of any Power 5 league. It’s likely he’ll be able to do what Charlie Strong could not: win.” Charlie Strong’s eulogy by Matthew McConaughey. Read optional. Most of the lawsuit against Sooner Joe Mixon has been dismissed. Baylor being Baylor, again. An associate AD has been charged with assault after attacking a journalist. [...]

Northwestern Handles Texas, Wins 77-58


Bryant McIntosh and the Wildcats were never seriously challenged in the second half. The Texas Longhorns fell to Northwestern tonight in Brooklyn, losing 77-58. Bryant McIntosh led all scorers with 20 points, and also logged five assists. Tevin Mack scored 18 points for Texas. It was a game that both played out, and ended, strangely, with both Northwestern’s Vic Law and Tevin Mack being called for technical fouls right before time expired. It wasn’t the only chippy moment in the game, as earlier in the half James Banks was ejected for giving a little tap to a Wildcat in a scuffle going for a loose ball. Northwestern beat Texas in every element of the game. The Wildcats shot 52 percent from two-point range and connected on 44 percent of their threes. Meanwhile, the Longhorns terrible shooting results — 19-51 from the field and 13-27 on free throws — and turnover troubles — Texas gave up the ball in 21 percent of its possessions — were symptoms of significant offensive problems. Coach Chris Collins’ team didn’t have any problems, as Northwestern’s patient offense paid off all night. The Texas Longhorns switch nearly every ball screen, a fact that the Wildcats were well aware of. They ran ball screens to set up the match-up that they wanted, usually getting point guard Bryant McIntosh isolated on the perimeter with one of Texas’ big men. Then McIntosh would go to work, driving the big man off the dribble. Occasionally, the score didn’t come directly from McIntosh, but came from an offensive rebound after one of the Longhorns’ most important rebounders was taken out of position, or a kick-out pass from the Wildcat point guard to an open perimeter shooter. The Longhorns got off to a rough start with three turnovers on first three possessions that would foreshadow much of the rest of the game. It took a fourth turnover and a few bad defensive breakdowns (including one that led to a Vic Law dunk) before Shaka Smart called a time out three minutes into the game. The Longhorns, down 8-0, came out of the time out and turned the ball over yet again. A few minutes later, Texas broke its scoring drought when Tevin Mack hit an open three in the corner off of a set in bounds play. Mack would lead the way in the first half for Texas, scoring 10 points off of 3-5 three point shooting. Midway through the half, the Texas defense started to pay some dividends for the Longhorns. The full court press delivered a quick score for Kerwin Roach and things looked to be turning around, even though freshman center Jarrett Allen picked up his second foul with 10:20 remaining in the period. With Allen down for the half Shaka Smart responded by going small, moving Mack into the front court where he played along side with James Banks. This lineup gave the Longhorns its best stretch of basketball in the entire game, using an aggressive defense to create chances in transition. Texas took its first lead and maintained a 23-22 advantage at the under eight minute media timeout. The small lineup worked while Banks was on the floor in part because Banks is so good defensively that he can cover up for a somewhat undersized teammate. The Texas freshman appears to be the team’s most important defender; his size affects everything attempted around the basket and he is an outstanding rebounder. After the media timeout, things went the way of the Wildcats again. Unable to get into transition, the Texas offense stagnated and struggled to penetrate inside the compact Northwestern defense. The Wildcats were sealing off lanes for dribble penetration and post entry all night, leaving Jarrett Allen and Shaquille Cleare little room to operate inside. As a team that aspires to play inside-out, the Texas Longhorns will need to have an answer against teams that elect to pack the paint with helping defenders in the manner that Northwestern did tonight. Meanwhile, the Northwestern offense closed out the half well behind three-point [...]

A reminder that Texas just lost to Kansas



Just in case you’re getting caught up in winning press conferences.

Though the last 50 or so hours feel like an eternity, it’s worth remembering that the Texas Longhorns lost to the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime on Saturday night.

All of that suddenly seems lost in the fervor over head coach Charlie Strong winning what was expected to be an unpleasant Monday media availability.

Though what happens off the field certainly matters tremendously, it’s what happens on the field that counts the most.

On Saturday, things didn’t go well in that department, a recurring trend under Strong, who now possesses the worst all-time winning percentage in the history of Longhorns football following two consecutive losses.

In fact, Texas is now tied with lowly Rice in winning percentage since 2014 while sitting eight wins behind Texas A&M in that stretch.

The loss by the Longhorns was the first to the Jayhawks since 1938 and broke a host of ignominious streaks held by Kansas — the 19-game losing streak to conference opponents, the 23-game losing streak to FBS opponents, the 11-game home losing streak to FBS opponents, the four-game home losing streak, the nine-game home conference losing streak, and the 13-game losing streak against Texas. All of those were the longest streaks in the FBS or tied for the longest.

Strong’s team lost to the No. 118-ranked team nationally in S&P+ despite an 88-percent chance of winning because the ‘Horns turned the ball over six times, collapsing in overtime with Shane Buechele’s third interception of the game.

The loss happened because Trent Domingue missed a 31-yard field goal, the defense couldn’t stop Kansas from scoring its only touchdown on offense late in the game, and had because the offense had no ability to put the game away in the fourth quarter despite multiple opportunities.

In doing so, the ‘Horns once again demonstrated that consistently winning close games is extremely difficult for this team under Strong after blowing an 11-point lead.

So, what’s more important — winning a press conference or winning games?