The head coach said he's heard the rumors and reports about his possible firing next week, but he reiterated the same line that the university has had since Sunday: His job will be evaluated after the TCU game.
Strong may not have been the guy in the end for Texas, but the players going so far as to threaten a boycott in support of the coach shows the level of respect the players have for their embattled coach. But his players wish to not to see him go.
Boyette praised the personal bonds Strong has build with his players and said most people don't understand what he and his team have gone through with the persistent speculation about Strong's job. "He taught me what it really means to be a man". "In my heart and my spirit, I want him to be here", he said.
Strongs players clearly love him.
At Strong's Monday press conference, he spoke about his future in burnt orange, telling the media he does not believe the Texas administration has made its final decision and that he would like to be back next year, per 247Sports's Chris Hummer. The Longhorns registered upsets over Oklahoma and Baylor, but still finished 5-7, missing a bowl game for just the second time since 1997.
"Next year, I want to come back", Strong told reporters.
"I told [the players] there's a lot of reports out there, there's no reason to worry about me", Strong said.
It was - somehow - business as usual Monday as Strong had his 30-minute news conference, carried live by the Longhorn Network. But instead of making the move on Sunday and allowing Strong to coach against TCU without the lingering questions, it instead appears that Strong will have to go through a week of game preparation as if everything is OK while the rest of the world speculates about his replacement, even though he hasn't been fired yet.
The highest-ranking school official to attend was Greg Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement.
Strong has gone 16-20 (12-14 Big 12) in three seasons with the Longhorns, including a 5-6 stance in 2016 that has the program now fighting for a berth in a bowl game. "[People talk] about wins and losses, that's fine and dandy, but I think the maturity and growth of a young man coming from different situations speaks value".
Texas is still searching for its first winning season since Mack BRown resigned in 2013. The foundation for greatness is there, he said. "I feel strongly about that statement", Strong said Monday.
His only bowl appearance came in 2014, when he lost to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
Strong was indeed fired on Sunday after the Longhorns lost to a team that they had beaten every time they faced since before the United States made a decision to enter World War II. When Strong first arrived, he set his core values that included no guns, no drugs, respecting woman and honesty.
Perrin dismissed multiple reports that Strong would be fired as "rumors". When they leave this place, they know who they are..
But the stunning collapse at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas, seems to have pushed Strong to the point of no return at Texas.
"He doesn't have the support, I guess, of some of the people who are trying to get him out", receiver Jacorey Warrick said.