Strong leaves Texas with legacy of highs and lows

Ezra Siegel

Charlie Strong’s time at Texas is over after spending three seasons delivering a variety of big wins and head-scratching losses.

Here are some of the highs and lows of the Charlie Strong era:

Jan. 5, 2014: Strong is named head coach of the Longhorns after legendary coach Mack Brown stepped down following an 8–5 season. 

Aug. 4, 2014: Strong makes headlines for dismissing five players for breaking his “core values.” He went on to dismiss nine players before the end of the season.

Aug. 30, 2014: Texas starts the Strong tenure off with a bang, beating North Texas, 38-7, at home. 

Sept. 6, 2014: Strong takes his first loss: a 41-7 trouncing at the hands of BYU. 

Nov. 8, 2014: The Longhorns top No. 23 West Virginia, 33-16. The victory marked Strong’s first win over a ranked team at Texas.

Dec. 29, 2014: Strong’s team loses 31-7 to Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. The Longhorns mustered just 59 yards, a season low for any FBS team. 

Feb. 4, 2015: Texas reels in the nation’s No. 10 recruiting class, according to 247sports. Additions included star linebacker Malik Jefferson and offensive tackle Connor Williams.

Sept. 5, 2015: Notre Dame dominates the burnt orange, 38-3, to start Strong’s second season. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is demoted three days later. 

Sept. 19, 2015: A missed extra point from Nick Rose overshadows quarterback Jerrod Heard’s record-breaking day as Texas falls to California, 45-44. Heard racked up 527 total yards.

Oct. 10, 2015: Texas shocks No. 10 Oklahoma with a 24-17 win at the Cotton Bowl. Strong temporarily silences his critics. 

Oct. 31, 2015: One-win Iowa State shuts out the Longhorns, 24-0, in Ames, Iowa. Texas goes on to finish the season 5–7 and miss a bowl game. 

Sept. 5, 2016: Strong picks up his biggest victory as head coach with a 50-47, double-overtime win over No. 10 Notre Dame.

Oct. 8, 2016: Texas falls, 45-40, to Oklahoma, marking a three-game losing streak for the season.

Oct. 29, 2016: The Longhorns top No. 8 Baylor, 35-34, and re-ignite their bowl hopes after stumbling to a 3–4 start.

Nov. 19, 2016: One-win Kansas shocks Texas, 24-21, in overtime. Strong says he doesn’t know what his future at Texas holds.

Nov. 25, 2016: Strong ends the season with a 31-9 loss to TCU, capping off a three-game losing skid and bringing about another 5–7 finish. Texas fires him the next morning.