Today begins the next chapter in one of the great stories in all of college sports — the story of Texas Longhorn football. It’s my pleasure to introduce to the Longhorn family our next football head coach, Charlie Strong.
Coach Strong is exactly the right pick for The University of Texas, and I want to thank our men’s athletics director, Steve Patterson, and the search committee for their superb work.
From the outset, we knew the University’s new football coach had to have the two qualities all of our coaches have: he had to be a winner, and he had to win with integrity. This is our standard because of the work of numerous coaches over the decades but no coach more so than Mack Brown.
There’s no question Coach Strong is a winner, having transformed Louisville’s football team into champions and being honored twice as coach of the year during his four years there. But more important, he elevated that football program while increasing graduation rates and developing a culture rooted in academic success. Coach Strong has said, “When you talk about a player’s future, it all starts in the classroom.” A lot of coaches can win, but that philosophy is why we asked him to come to Texas.
He’s the right person to represent Texas on the field, on campus, in the community, and in the living rooms of potential recruits across the nation. He’s the right person to carry on the Texas tradition of winning with integrity that was cultivated by giants like Darrell Royal and Mack Brown.
Finally — to Charlie and his beautiful family, including his wife, Vicki, and daughters Hailee and Hope, I say welcome to Austin and welcome to the Longhorn family.
Here’s a quick look at Coach Strong’s career so far: http://youtu.be/hB1EKrYgsOI
And you can watch this morning’s introductory press conference at: http://youtu.be/L6V6RRrulig.
Hook ’em Horns!