Charlie Strong's first season as the Texas Longhorns' head coach has been a roller-coaster ride full of suspensions, dismissals and shut-out wins and losses.
Finally, after Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia, Strong and the Longhorns have their first winning streak — hey, two games counts as a streak — and they have something to build on and feel good about.
Here was the scene in the locker room following the win over the Mountaineers, courtesy Longhorns G.A. Ephraim Banda.
After the celebration, Strong seemed surprised to learn the video was already online and said he never saw it coming.
“I just walked in there and they grabbed me,” Strong said.
This wasn’t the first time Strong had been lifted up by one of his teams. His Louisville players passed him around in 2011 after 38-35 victory over the same foe – a West Virginia team that was ranked No. 24.
“That was great. I don’t even know how we got him up,” Texas running back Malcolm Brown said. “A couple people picked him up and then, all the sudden, he’s up in the air flying.”
Defensive end Cedric Reed guessed it might’ve taken 30 players and coaches to get Strong in the air.
“Coach Strong is heavy, man,” Reed said. “He’s a well-built guy.”
Added cornerback Quandre Diggs, who did not partake in lifting up Strong: “He’s a heavy lil’ fella. It was just a big party in there.”
ESPN.com Big 12 reporter Max Olson contributed to this report.