Strong: ‘I do know, I can coach’
Newly named Texas coach Charlie Strong said he can’t control how billionaire booster Red McCombs feels about the school hiring him as its next head football coach. McCombs told a San Antonio radio station that Strong’s hiring was a “kick in the face” and that Strong “would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.”
“People are going to say what they want to say,” Strong told The Jim Rome Show. “Comments are going to be made, you can’t control what people say. It’s just the way it is sometimes.”
Strong told Rome he’s confident in his ability to get the job done at Texas.
“I’ll tell you this right now,” Strong said. “I’ve been a part of two national championships. I’ve been a part of a lot of conference titles and turned the program around there at Louisville, so one thing I do know, I can coach.”
The former Louisville coach told Rome he wasn’t offended when Cardinal cornerback Andrew Johnson tweeted “Looking at this Coach Strong interview & all I can do is shake my head.. He ain’t real but [expletive] it…. WE STILL BALL.”
“I wasn’t upset because a lot times when you’re around young men and they get caught up in the moment,” said Strong. “Andrew ended up calling me and he said to me ‘Coach, I wish you the best of luck. You’re an awesome coach and even better role model. I know your decision was best and I apologize, that was in the heat of the moment and once again good luck to you.”
Strong also made it clear the Longhorn Network won’t be overwhelming because he won’t allow it to be.
“The demands are going to be set on what I will allow them to do and the amount of time I have,” said the coach. “I have an outstanding Sports Information Director and he’s going to budget the time, and they will understand, through him, how much time that they need from me and what I really have to go do.”