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Charlie Strong is Ready. Are you?

by Marian Hinton, Horn Sports Staff Writer

 

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Most Texas fans, at least those who approach things rationally (as few and far between as they may be), will tell you that Mack Brown did a lot for the Texas Longhorns football program during his tenure in Austin. After all, he resurrected a sleeping giant by assembling one of the best teams to ever take the field on the 40 Acres and coached them to their first national title in over three decades.

 

Most Texas fans will also tell you, however, that despite all the good he brought to the program, Coach Brown hung on a little too long. In his last few seasons in Austin, the Longhorns had grown complacent, accustomed to a culture of entitlement and comfort. The players, long considered soft by the national media, frequently underperformed. They often lost games to teams with far inferior talent.

 

There is no doubt, despite all the good Mack did for Texas, the program was desperately in need of a culture change.

 

Enter Charlie Strong.

 

When Strong stepped off the plane from Louisville to Austin, he brought with him an immediate and much needed paradigm shift in the culture that defines Texas Football.

 

Gone are the days of living off campus, unless you are a senior and your grades are up to par.

 

Gone are the days of smoothies and flat screen TVs in the weight room.

 

Gone are the days of players being allowed to wear earrings in football facilities.

 

Gone are the days of missing class. Ever.

 

In short, gone are the days of entitlement.

 

Strong has laid down the law, and he’s proven right out of the gates that he’s not messing around.

 

But is it too much?

 

Since Strong and Company arrived in Austin, the Longhorns have lost more than their share of recruits, leaving some wondering if he’s coming on too strong (no pun intended) or if Texas made the wrong hire.

 

The answer is an adamant and resounding NO.

 

Sure, the Longhorns may lose a few recruits in this class, but that’s only to be expected. The sky is not falling. Strong isn’t “too mean.” Again, a rational fan will tell you that these recruits did not have a chance to build a relationship with Strong, while other coaches across the state have been recruiting them for years. It only makes logical sense that they’d gravitate towards those they know well over those they hardly know.

 

But what about future recruits? Why would they come play for Strong, with his strict rules, lofty demands, and high levels of accountability when other coaches across the state are flashier, more hip, and possibly even more fun? Why come to Austin and puke your guts out working with Coach Moorer in the weight room when you could go to “other” places and party all night with Drake and the like?

 

Sure, he may lose a recruit or two along the way, but the players Strong will bring to Austin will no doubt be here for one thing and one thing only: to play football.

 

Under Strong, the Longhorns will never again be considered soft. If his first few weeks on the job is any indicator, he will not allow his teams to fail to live up to the ridiculously high expectations that should be placed on Texas football.

 

Yes, he will be tough (incredibly tough) on his players; he’s already proven that. Nevertheless, Charlie Strong is exactly what this program needs. He came here to win championships and he’s clearly a man that refuses to settle for anything less.

 

He’s ready. Are you?

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We are bringing in kids who want to be here for one reason and one reason only: to play football and we are demanding they not only show up in class but actually do work?! Kids who are deciding between that and online classes as an "Agricultural Leadership" major, SEC style "benefits" and a discipline system that ensures an arrest, at worst, gets a kid suspended only for a game against an FCS team. The kids that are signing to play for SEC schools are also going to those schools for only one thing and one thing only: to play football. Selling academics to athletes looking to do just one thing and one thing only: to play football, isn't necessarily a winning strategy. Do we even want kids who are at Texas for one thing and one thing only: to play football. The SEC delivers that to kids far better than we would ever permit.

 

We have seen the first wave of recruits vote with their feet. Advantage aggy. The only thing that will give Coach Strong a clear advantage is if he demonstrates he can coach recruits up and put them in a position to get to the next level.

 

NSD will be interesting to see which recruits believe in Coach Strong. I'm hoping it turns out well. That will be the first indication we get how Coach Strong will do, because if kids who have a decision that matters are buying into his plan, we are on to something. If more and more kids get to learn what his strategy is and continue to bail, we may have an issue.

 

The next 20 months are going to be interesting.

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I think we have to give him at least a year. Like I said, he's been here three weeks while some of the other schools across Texas have known our recruits and built their relationships over several years. He's behind, and it's not at all his fault.

Next year's NSD will be a more level playing field. I agree that the next 20 months will be telling and will determine Strong's success (or not) here.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/1049TheHorn">@1049TheHorn</a> best sign of new culture at UT? All players WALKING uphill to the bubble. No more charter buses!!!!!!</p>— Carrie (@pepper0325) <a href="

">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Im ready and it will interesting to see how the 2015 class shapes up. I suspect that there will be players everyone is going to say Texas should have offered but didn't because Charlie and his staff didn't think they fit into the program for one reason or another. This is going to be fun.

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I'm a realist and while I think we will see tremendous improvement in our team this year, I also think it will be at least two more years before we are really fighting for conference and national championships. The current staff is changing the culture of complacency and entitlement. That culture has been deeply rooted at Texas for years and will take some time to change, not only with the players and staff, but with the BMD's and Texas HS football coaches. Coach Strong will have to build trust, and that is going to take time, time that I am more than willing to give him to put the University of Texas back where it belongs....on top.

 

Hook'em!!

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Austin recently gave Mack and wife their day. Good for them. If Mack wanted to be considered a truly great Longhorn he would have (and still could) use whatever sway he has with the 2014 recruiting class to persuade them to give the Longhorns another look.

 

I am ready for the Strong era.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/1049TheHorn']);" href="https://twitter.com/1049TheHorn">@1049TheHorn</a> best sign of new culture at UT? All players WALKING uphill to the bubble. No more charter buses!!!!!!</p>— Carrie (@pepper0325) <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/pepper0325/statuses/429011657856020482']);" href="
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Ten points to the first person who photoshops Charlie Strong with a Grinch Smile, holding a needle and poking a hole in the bubble.

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