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If Texas doesn’t start living together, Longhorns are going to lose alone

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It has been years since the show LOST was on TV and some people are still trying to come to an understanding of what happened in the series finale, but one of the iconic moments of the show took place in the season finale to the first season. In it, Jack Shephard addresses the castaways left from a plane crash on an unknown island that it is time to put aside their differences and tart learning to live together before they die alone. It has become know as the “Live Together, Die Alone” speech and it has been a recurring theme in TV shows and movies before and after LOST. At the helm of a 1-3 Texas Longhorns program, head coach Charlie Strong seems to be having his “Live Together, Die Alone” moment not even a full one-and-a-half season into his tenure.

On Saturday Texas was getting its butt whooped by TCU, and at halftime at least one player (defensive back Kris Boyd) took to his phone to retweet messages about transferring to Texas A&M. Boyd has since apologized for that incident, and Strong addressed the incident by saying discipline will be handled internally. This is not the first time Boyd has apparently spent halftime checking his phone.

That was just the start. In the fallout over the weekend one of the upperclassmen on the roster, safety Dylan Harris, said to reporters he did not think younger Longhorns players are not working as much as the upperclassmen on the team.

“[The freshmen] just want to go and play. I think that’s with any freshman,” Haines said. “A lot of [the freshmen didn’t] have to watch film in high school if you’re recruited at that level. You don’t have to go out there and put in extra work.

“They just want to go out and play on Saturday. They don’t want to put in the work on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We go out there and practice, but you can just go through the motions in practice or you can practice.”

Upon seeing that quote shared, freshman defensive end Charles Omenihu responded online with a quick “lol.” Omenihu followed that up with a tweet that has since been deleted…

Charles Omenihu Tweet

And then there was this from freshman DeAndre McNeal

Things are not going well at Texas. Every way you look at it, the numbers are bad. Some are already hoping Chip Kelly, off to an equally disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles, looks at his situation and says he has to go back. The Longhorns are 1-3 and just got stomped by TCU. With Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all still ahead on the schedule, getting to a bowl game is starting to look about as rough as the chances everyone not in the Oceanic Six are of getting off the island. With questions continuing to surround the future of Strong as head coach, the head coach had this to say Monday;

I have said all along that Texas should be in good hands with Strong in charge of rebuilding the Longhorns program. Despite success happening instantly at programs like Michigan and Florida in the first year with new head coaches, the Texas rebuild is a bit behind schedule by comparison. Strong’s plan needs time to put together by bringing in players that all buy into his plan. I still believe Strong can accomplish good things if given enough time to get the job done. The pressure is rising though, as premature as that may be. The biggest question I have is whether or not the people who carry influence at Texas realize the reality of the situation and ignore the instant turnarounds happening in Gainesville and Ann Arbor. There are more variables involved at Texas that need to be solved first.

First, Texas needs to start living together, or it is going to be losing alone.

This post was updated and adapted from an earlier version posted on College Football Talk.

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Kevin McGuire
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