Longhorns HC Charlie Strong Calls Miami Speculation "Rumor," Focuses On Task At Hand

Multiple reports have come out in recent days connecting Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong with the Miami Hurricanes' head coaching position, even going so far as to claim that Strong has major interest in the opening. Strong went on record in an impromptu press conference Wednesday, addressing the rumblings in succinct fashion.

"It's all rumor," Strong said. "We're here to build a program. It's why I came here," Strong said. "I know we've still got a ways to go and we have great support from our president and also from our AD, Greg [Fenves] and Mike [Perrin]. They know what the situation is. We know this: The coaching staff, everyone's on board, and we know that we've got to get things done here."

Strong denied having interest in the Miami job on October 26th following Al Golden's dismissal, but his denial of the rumblings hasn't quelled speculation that he could be on his way to South Beach at the end of the 2015 college football season.

Just 10-12 over the majority of two seasons in Austin, Strong needs to lead the underdog Longhorns to upsets of Texas Tech and Baylor just to safely secure a bowl berth. It's possible the Longhorns could squeak into a bowl at 5-7 due to a potential lack of six-win teams, but such a technicality won't have the UT athletic department claiming the season as a success. Strong knows that.

“In two years, we haven’t gotten better,” Strong told reporters. “We’re not where we need to be.”

If Strong doesn't have interest in the Miami job, he understands the time is now to get results to safeguard a job in Austin that he deems to be "unbelievable." While it's uncertain whether his job would be in jeopardy if the Longhorns lose out and finish 4-8, two more losses would add to the already-mounting calls for his job and perhaps intensify the rumblings that he'd be willing to move east to Miami.

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