03 Oct

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Habe on the Horns: Strong demotes Bedford, takes over defense to provide ‘different voice’

Texas football head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that he will take over the defensive play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford as the Longhorns gear up for Saturday's annual showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Texas football head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that he will take over the defensive play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford as the Longhorns gear up for Saturday's annual showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — As much as you might like Texas coach Charlie Strong — and I like him a lot — college football is about winning and when a team is not winning, business is bad.

Surrendering 99 points in back-to-back losses to good-but-not-great teams has prompted Strong to demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and take over the responsibility for calling defensive plays, Strong confirmed Monday at his weekly media availability.

Saturday's 49-31 loss to Oklahoma State marked

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .