4 Issues We Would Love Texas' Charlie Strong to Address at Big 12 Media Days

Taylor Gaspar@Taylor_GasparFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2014

4 Issues We Would Love Texas' Charlie Strong to Address at Big 12 Media Days

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    The Big 12 will host its annual football media days in Dallas next week, and a lot of eyes will be on first-year head coach Charlie Strong.

    The Strong era will officially begin August 30 when the Longhorns take the field against North Texas.

    But Texas' leader will take the podium Tuesday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET, and he will face his conference opponents and the national media for the first time since taking the job.

    A lot of questions surround Strong and the Texas Longhorns, but here is a look at four big issues that will likely be addressed at the Big 12 media days.

Who Will Be the Quarterback?

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    It wouldn't be an offseason at Texas if there weren't questions about the quarterback position.

    The Longhorns have been without a significant starting quarterback since Colt McCoy in 2009. Texas currently has three options on campus for the 2014 season: David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard.

    But picking the leader is not something the Longhorns appear to be ready to do.

    Ash started to create separation from Swoopes during spring practice. But when Ash was held out of the second half of spring due to a Jones fracture in his left foot, the hopes of naming a starting quarterback went out of the window.

    Even though Strong is more of a defensive minded coach, he will almost certainly be asked about the Longhorns' quarterback situation. How is Ash healing? How well is Heard coming along? Has Swoopes made any strides since his up-and-down spring game?

    Unfortunately for Texas fans, Strong probably will not be able to accurately answer the quarterback questions, so Texas will likely head into another fall camp without knowing who will be the leader of the offense.

Can Strong's Defensive Mind Change the Longhorns' Defensive Woes from 2013?

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    The Texas defense was one of the weakest links on the team over the previous two seasons.

    In 2012, the Longhorns were the worst defense statistically in school history, allowing an average of 404.2 yards per game.

    Last season, Texas started off the year with two back-to-back games where the defense allowed an average of 564 yards of total offense.

    The Longhorns improved as the 2013 season went on, but the issues they showed at the beginning of the year were inexcusable.

    Texas now has a head coach who is considered to be one of the best defensive minds in college football. Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford helped mold Louisville's defense into the nation's No. 1 unit in 2013.

    Can Strong and Bedford turn the Longhorns defense into a powerhouse similar to the way they did at Louisville? If so, how will that happen in 2014?

What Are the Season Expectations?

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    The Longhorns are coming off of a season so inconsistent that it led to a 16-year veteran head coach walking away from his job. Since taking over the head coaching job, Strong retained one assistant coach in Bruce Chambers and entirely rebuilt the remaining staff around him.

    It's nearly impossible to turn an 8-5 program into an undefeated one in less than one year. But it doesn't seem like Strong is expecting that sort of turnaround in his first year.

    At his Comin' On Strong Tour stop in Fort Worth, Strong said Texas will not win the national championship in his first year. Some Texas fans may not have been happy with his comment, but it is likely spot on.

    The Longhorns have way too many questions to head into the 2014 season as a national title contender. 

    But what does the head coach expect from his team this year? That will likely be addressed next Tuesday.

How to Make Up for Lost Time in Recruiting?

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    The Texas football program is undergoing a major rebuild, and the recruiting has taken a hit because of it.

    Strong and company appear to be attempting to make up for lost time on the recruiting front, but with the constant momentum Texas A&M has experienced since its move to the Southeastern Conference, it has been difficult for Texas to make up much ground. 

    The Aggies currently rank No. 3 nationally with their 2015 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com. The Longhorns are 31 spots behind their in-state rival.

    Many recruits are taking a wait-and-see approach with Texas, as some are interested in seeing what type of product Strong and his staff can put on the field in 2014.

    But if there is no national championship in sight, and the season outcome is similar to 2013, how will the Longhorns make up for lost time in recruiting?


    Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

    Taylor Gaspar is Bleacher Report's featured columnist covering the Texas Longhorns. Follow Taylor on Twitter: @Taylor_Gaspar.