Texas head coach Charlie Strong speaks on the headset in the second quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas coach Charlie Strong: ‘Next year, I want to come back’

Posted November 21st, 2016

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At his weekly press conference, Texas coach Charlie Strong said he speaks with president Gregory L. Fenves after every game and it’s his understanding “that we will be evaluated after the TCU game.”

“Next year, I want to come back,” Strong said. “I look at the job this staff has done and look at the players they’ve put in place. The wins and losses, they don’t stack up, but still, you’re looking at a young football team, a team that when you get everything back in place for the coming year has a lot of talent. But I still go back to it, they’ve been very upfront and forward with me.”

Strong then reiterated its his belief he will be judged on the Longhorns’ final regular-season record. Texas is 5-6 and still needs a victory in Friday’s regular-season finale against TCU to become bowl eligible.

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The American-Statesman reported on Sunday that UT administrators have already made the decision to fire Strong, most likely after the TCU game.

Players began trickling in about 10 minutes beforehand. The American-Statesman reported on Monday that players had considered boycotting Friday’s game. Before the press conference started, more players started pouring into the Centennial Room.

“We have built a foundation, and I look at what’s coming back and what’s in the program now,” Strong said. “I’m not one to make excuses or say what could have been. But you look at the recruiting classes we’ve put together. … The program is going and heading in the right direction.”

At the end of his press conference, Strong was mobbed by his players in attendance:

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