AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas president sent a statement of support Wednesday for beleaguered football coach Charlie Strong ahead of the Longhorns’ rivalry game against Oklahoma.

President Greg Fenves tweeted that he had a “great call” with Strong and the university is behind its athletes and coaches for the game and the rest of the season. Fenves’ office did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.

Strong is 13-16 in three seasons and under pressure to turn things around. Strong demoted defensive coordinator Vance Bedford this week after the Longhorns gave up 50 and 49 points in consecutive losses.

After last week’s loss at Oklahoma State, athletic director Mike Perrin told a reporter he needed to evaluate what happened. A school spokesman said the comments were about the coaching staff needing to evaluate the game.