Texas coach Charlie Strong is under plenty of stress right now. Strong is firmly on the hot seat after his Longhorns fell to rival Oklahoma on Saturday as the defense struggled again, giving up 45 points despite the demotion of defensive coordinator Vance Bedford earlier in the week.
Texas' defense has struggled all season and has been lit up by some spread offenses. On Monday's Big 12 coaches conference call, Strong was asked about the prevalence of the spread offense in the Big 12. Texas adopted a more high-tempo spread attack this season, bringing Sterlin Gilbert in from Tulsa, and Strong noted that teams are looking to the success of programs like TCU and Baylor and trying to match them.
Except he said that in the worst way possible.
Strong on the Big 12 being a spread league: "When people saw what Baylor and TCU was doing with lesser athletes, everybody jumped on board."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 10, 2016
For one, Baylor and TCU weren't the Big 12's earliest adopters of tempo spread offenses. Texas Tech's offense under Mike Leach terrorized opposing defenses years before TCU was even in the conference.
There's also the issue of calling out TCU and Baylor for having "lesser athletes."
Strong isn't technically wrong in noting that the Horned Frogs and Bears have less talent when you look at rosters based off of star ratings from recruiting. According to 247 Sports' Team Talent Composite rankings, Texas is 11th nationally while TCU is 31st and Baylor is 45th. However, saying it in that way makes it seem like a knock on those two teams even if it's not meant to be.
We know Gary Patterson's seen it, and coaches are always more than happy to take any perceived slight and use it to motivate their players. When TCU faces Texas later in November, you can be sure that the Horned Frogs will have seen this and be using it as motivation against the Longhorns.