Here's my two cents on the hiring of Charlie Strong. I have been a fan of his for years because of his intensity and defensive acumen, and he was my #1 ideal hire for Texas since it became clear Mack would retire. Yes, race is a huge factor. That's totally OK. At a time when Major Applewhite is stepping down (and taking his infidelity case with him) as the offensive coordinator thus removing a major hurdle (no pun intented) from Bev Kearney's suit against the university for racial discrimination, it's very important the University of Texas have a Black coach. The only surprising thing to me, really, is that it happened for football before it happened for basketball (though it remains to be seen if Rick Barnes will do enough this year to retain his job; he doesn't have a national title on his resume). Look, Charlie Strong is no splash hire like, say, Nick Saban or Urban Meyer, but those guys are likely already in the jobs they plan to retire with unless they go to the NFL. Guys like Jimbo Fisher and Art Briles wanted to stay with the programs they built a little longer (I don't blame Fisher, he has the Heisman trophy winner), and guys like Kevin Sumlin and Jim Mora (again) are destined for the NFL sooner than later. Auburn's Malzahn and James Franklin have the SEC pedigree, but Malzahn is probably going to wait around for that Dallas Cowboys job to open up after another disappointing season next year (Jerry loves college coaches) and Franklin will take over the next big college job that opens as a result of NFL poaching (see Penn State losing Bill O'Brien to the Houston Texans after just two years). The coaching carousel isn't just one that is moved by firings these days, it's more so the result of coaches realizing their ideal jobs don't open up often enough not to take those chances. And really that's what Charlie Strong just did; he took the single biggest chance of his career after Louisville took a chance hiring him four years ago. Truth be told, Louisville really didn't have much risk hiring him because Strong had proven himself year after year in a much harder conference as a defensive coordinator at Florida and, it should be clear that, race was the only thing holding him back from a head coaching job in his early 40s. It should be very obvious even to a 3rd grader in Texas that Strong will have to deal with more pressure than a white coach (see Tyrone Willingham at Notre Dame) and that the expectations after following Mack Brown will be sky high. No need to state the obvious. But you know what, doesn't Texas want the kind of person who welcomes that pressure? Doesn't Texas want someone to walk in feeling pressured to deliver conference and BCS championships on an annual basis? Doesn't Texas want a guy to turn the heat up on the recruiting trail to make sure future NFL draft picks like Jimmy Bridgewater (or Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, RG3, Andrew Luck, Nick Foles or Drew Brees) don't fall through the cracks? Doesn't Texas want a guy to solidify it's defensive unit, especially up front? It seems to me that Charlie Strong has answered the call and the smart thing for us fans to do is watch his first act (closing a stellar recruiting class) and second act (developing a quarterback for Texas' future) before we even begin to judge how successful he is or how much pressure he can handle. Sure, there are a ton of off-field duties expected of the Texas head football coach, but no one seems to think guys like Jimbo Fisher or Jim Harbaugh would have had problems with those tasks, so why the big deal with Strong? Double standard, indeed, but I happen to think a guy with the name Charlie Strong is ready to stand up under the full weight of Texas Longhorns football. Hook 'em.