Almost halfway through the regular season, the Texas Longhorns are 1-4, including 0-3 against ranked teams. Two of those losses, to Notre Dame and TCU, were by a combined 78 points.
Charlie Strong is now 7-11 at Texas, including 1-8 against ranked teams. He is 1-6 in his last seven games overall.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the patience level for Strong among Longhorns fans?
“Probably about a 7 out of 10,” Fort-Worth Star Telegram columnist writer Mac Engel said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think everybody wants to give him time. I think everybody wants to be patient because we all know that’s the right thing to do. But in this day and age where people’s patience doesn’t even allow for a microwave to pop popcorn in the allotted three-minute time – because we don’t have time anymore – I think people are frustrated with Charlie Strong because it’s not that they’re losing; it’s the way they’re losing.”
A missed extra point against Cal that would have forced overtime. A muffed punt that led to a last-second loss to Oklahoma State. Getting blown out by Notre Dame and TCU.
Said Engel, “I was really sure after Texas played what turned out to be a pretty good Cal team and Oklahoma State – and even though they lost in just awful crotch-kick moments at the very end of the game on just disastrous simple special-teams plays – I really thought Charlie Strong and UT was going to beat either TCU last Saturday or this Saturday in the Red River game in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.”
Texas trailed one-time doormat TCU 50-0 midway through the fourth quarter and lost 50-7.
“After watching that game and covering that game, I don’t know who the hell Texas is going to beat other than Kansas,” Engel said. “That team (Texas) is so abominable and God-awful. Seeing them up close in person with my own eyes was just stunning to see what that program – which means so much to so many people and has more resources than some third-world countries – put out there. Its product was a complete and utter embarrassment. And if this continues, he’s not going to make it into his third season.”
Texas plays No. 10 Oklahoma (4-0) this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. If Engel’s prediction holds true, Texas will be 1-7 when it hosts Kansas (0-4) on Nov. 7.