With his team in a slump and his job status a recurring source of weekly speculation, Texas football coach Charlie Strong said Monday he will lean on his seniors and assistant coaches to provide more leadership in Saturday’s game against No. 8 Baylor.
The Longhorns (3-4, 1-3) and Bears (6-0, 3-0) meet in Austin (2:30 p.m., WFAA/Ch. 8), with the Longhorns seeking to turn around a slide that has seen them lose four of their last five games.
“Our leadership has got to take over,” Strong said during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. “We don’t have that many seniors, or seniors that are playing. But we need our seniors to step up and the coaches have to step up and lead the team, too. We’ve been up and down. We started off well and then we hit a slump. That’s when you need to bounce back and you need your leaders … We’ve got to keep players focused on taking things one game at a time.”
For Texas, the upside to this matchup is that the contest will be played in Austin. Texas is 3-0 in home games this season and winless in other venues.
“We’ve got them here and we’ve played well at home,” said Strong, whose record is 14-18 during his tenure as the Longhorns’ coach. “That gives them a lot of confidence.”
Baylor is coming off a bye week and begin a closing stretch of six games in six weeks against Big 12 opponents with only two of those contests in Waco.