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Report: Texas' Strong has support of school officials, boosters


Despite Texas' worst start to a season since 1956, a defense that ranks 119th out of 128 FBS teams, and a divide between bickering veterans and freshmen, job security is reportedly not one of the things second-year coach Charlie Strong has to worry about.

Texas is 1-4 and allowing a staggering 507 yards per game. It's struggling before the majority of its Big 12 schedule has even been played, but Strong has the necessary administrative support, according to ESPN.

"Charlie has a lot of breathing room. There is nowhere near the pressure to remove him at this time that there was with (former A.D.) Steve Patterson or even (former coach) Mack Brown," one source told ESPN's Joe Schad.

Said another: "Charlie has the support of the people he needs to be supported by right now. The last thing they want to do is make a change."

Strong is 7-11 midway through his second season in one of college football's most high-profile coaching jobs. The Longhorns barely qualified for bowl eligibility at 6-6 last year, and were blown out by Arkansas, 31-7, in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. The Longhorns were blown out, 50-7, by TCU on Saturday, and freshman defensive back Kris Boyd retweeted at halftime a Twitter suggestion that he transfer to rival Texas A&M.

Since then, Boyd's activity on social media has somehow become an afterthought after multiple freshmen posted objections to junior Dylan Haines criticizing their work ethic publicly.

These days, the "T" stands for toxic.

But for now, Strong is still in charge of the clean-up.

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