NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There will be more at stake than usual for Texas coach Charlie Strong and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops at this year's showdown game Saturday in Dallas.
Both schools have traditionally ranked among college football's top programs, but they are off to disappointing starts by their standards and their fans are not happy.
"The bottom line is we're both 2-2 going into this game," Stoops said. "So both of us, it's critical for both of us in how we move forward. Other than that, I don't pay attention to any of that."
Texas athletic director Mike Perrin told a reporter after Saturday's 49-31 loss to Oklahoma State: "We need to evaluate what happened here." A Longhorns spokesman, John Bianco, later said Perrin's comments were about the coaching staff needing to evaluate the game and the issues the team had on the field.
Strong said Monday that he has taken over as defensive coordinator, and now-former defensive coordinator Vance Bedford will help with the secondary.
"We have a lot of talent on defense," Strong said. "It's unacceptable, the way we played. What I've decided to do is run the defense and call the defense."
Stoops said the change will have some effect on No. 20 Oklahoma's preparation for the game.
"It will be something to consider, what they might do differently," he said. "Sometimes you can only change so much, but I really believe overall, with all we see through the year, our guys are used to seeing a lot."