Charlie Strong is the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns. What he’s not, however, is a “hip-hop coach.” Lou Holtz recently made that statement, and the Dallas Morning News ran with it in a tweet. The publication was sharing a recent story on things fans needed to know about Strong.
Dallas Morning News wants to make sure we know Charlie Strong is not THAT kind of black coach. pic.twitter.com/PsnpVjrvLu
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) January 5, 2014
Following is the portion of the article that includes the reference to Strong as not being a “hip-hop coach” from Hotlz.
Strong has coached under coaches who had national championship credentials, including Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. Holtz hired Strong twice: at Notre Dame in 1995 and South Carolina in 1998.
“The thing that impressed me most was his attitude … his people skills and his ability to communicate,” Holtz told the Courtier-Journal. “I found as we went along that his greatest asset was common sense. He’s great with players … but he’s not a hip-hop coach. He really, truly could have coached for (Ohio State’s old-school taskmaster) Woody Hayes with no problem whatsoever.
The publication received some heat on Twitter for the “hip-hop” line, eventually clarifying where it came from.
Since many of you asked: If you read the quotes, Lou Holtz is the one quoted referring to charlie Strong as NOT “a hip-hop” coach
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) January 5, 2014
ESPN writer Jason Whitlock backed the Dallas Morning News and Holtz’s original comment, saying that the description of Strong is accurate.
Saying Charlie Strong isn’t a “hip hop” coach isn’t remotely offensive. It’s accurate.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 5, 2014