I have a bit in common with Charlie Strong.
We’re follicly challenged. Middle-aged. African-American. Residents of the 512 area code.
There are differences, too. Apparently, we don’t share the same definition of the word “embarrassing.”
Strong struggled to explain why the Longhorns pulled another no-show on the road, but he did provide an eye opener while describing the 24-0 loss at Iowa State when asked whether he had identified anything the coaches can do to make sure Texas is playing at an acceptable, non-embarrassing level.
“I don’t think it was embarrassing,” Strong said. “Our guys played hard. It wasn’t like they just laid down and quit.”
Mr. Webster says to embarrass is “to make (someone) feel confused in front of other people.”
Did the Longhorns appear confused in Ames? Absolutely. They were utterly useless on offense and made a redshirt sophomore quarterback making his first start look like a senior starting his fourth straight bowl game. The “other people” were a national audience and a giddy homecoming game crowd in Ames.
After the Kansas State win, I thought we were witnessing a bowl team. But now the prospect of the Longhorns going 3-1 in their final four games against Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor seems remote at best.
If the Longhorns worked hard, as their coach surmises, yet were blanked by IOWA freakin’ STATE, then Strong has real problems.
What will happen when they stop trying? A loss to 0-8 Kansas?
Anything is possible at this point.
Not to go out on a limb or anything, but I’m sure Strong would agree that a loss to a 31-point underdog would fit any definition of embarrassing.
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