Texas coach Charlie Strong during pregame action before their game against Kansas University in Lawrence, KS, Saturday November 18, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Charlie Strong on Big 12 call: Coach to address his future at 11 a.m.

Posted November 21st, 2016

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On Monday’s Big 12 Conference call with reporters, Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would address his future at his regular 11 a.m. press conference in Austin.

“What I’m going to do today at my press conference, I’m going to address all of those questions and I’m going to have an opening statement there that will address all of our conversations with our athletic director,” Strong said.

Follow the press conference live here.

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Strong took only two questions during his weekly call-in segment. The other question focused on how Strong maintains his focus with all the noise swirling about his future.

The American-Statesman reported on Sunday that UT administrators have made the decision to fire Strong. He is expected to coach Friday’s regular-season finale against TCU, and then an announcement is expected sometime afterward.

Texas (5-6, 3-5 Big 12) needs one more win to become bowl eligible.

“We’ve just got to get back to it,” Strong said. “We have a game where we need to get our seniors to a bowl game. I told our coaches, let’s take all of our focus and just make that happen. They deserve it. Last year, we didn’t get to one, and it’s so critical for them to get to a bowl game.”

Multiple players went to social media to give Strong support, and the coach appreciated it.

“I know how important wins and loses are, they are really important,” Strong said. “But also the overall development of a young man. You want to see those things happen just because young people — you look at society today, there’s no discipline, there’s no direction for a lot of young people.

“That’s my job is to make sure when they leave this program, or they’re a part of this program, they understand just who they are, what their image is all about, the platform that they have. You have to build. It’s all about building young people.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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