This offseason will be one of the most important in new Texas coach Charlie Strong’s career. By taking over the wealthiest football program in the country, he is expected to produce right away.
One of Strong’s first steps in laying the foundation to his program at Texas was clearly defining his expectations for players. BarStoolU’s kmarko posted the following document of the 11 requirements Strong has. While there are 11 lines, take a read down the list and you will see that there is much more Strong expects out of his team.
In short, Strong doesn’t have time for excuses. There is one thing he needs to do, and that is to win right now.
Following is a transcript of the above document:
- Players will attend all of their classes and sit in the front two rows of all of their classes. GAs, academic folks, position coaches will be checking constantly now.
- No headphones in class. No texting in class. Sit up and take notes.
- If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts. If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs. If he misses three, the position coach runs. The position coaches don’t want to run.
- No earrings in the football building. No drugs. No stealing. No guns. Treat women with respect.
- Players may not live off campus anymore, unless they’re a senior who hits certain academic standards. The University will buy out the leases for every player currently living off campus and put them in the athletic dorm.
- The team will all live together, eat together, suffer together, and hang out together. They will become a true team and learn to impose accountability on each other. The cliques are over.
- There’s no time for a rebuild. “I don’t have time for that.” The expectation is that Texas wins now.
- Players will learn that they would rather practice than milk a minor injury.
- The focus is on winning and graduating. Anything extraneous to that is a distraction and will be stamped out or removed.
- Strong met individually with seniors and key leaders and re-emphasized that the plan is to win now. They can lead the new culture or be run over by it.
- “I don’t want to talk about things. I’d rather do things. We just talked. Now it’s time to do.”
With Charlie Strong as head coach, he hopes to bring Texas back to the forefront of college football. Longhorn faithful can find all their tickets for Strong’s inaugural campaign at Coasttocoasttickets.com.