The University of Texas recently announced the hiring of new head coach Charlie Strong, but according to one man, the Longhorns should have kept looking.
Billionaire Texas booster Red McCombs blasted Strong’s hire on ESPN 1250 San Antonio on Monday. He went as far as to call it a “kick in the face,” and stated that Strong isn’t capable of leading a program like Texas.
Following is dialogue of McCombs’ conversation, courtesy of ESPN.com.
“I think the whole thing is a bit sideways. I don’t have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.
“But I don’t believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don’t think it adds up.”
“I think it is a kick in the face. Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to go get Mack — from the time we decided to go get Mack to about 30 hours later to have a press conference here and it was done — we had a lot of input before we went after him.
“So I don’t know what the big rush was. I was kind of pleased that [Texas athletic director Steve] Patterson already said that he’d like to get it done in the middle of January. That seemed logical to me. I’m a team player, but I think they went about it wrong and made the selection wrong.”
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, McCombs seems to be a wealthy booster on a power trip. He publicly backed Jon Gruden, but who’s to say the ESPN personality would have had any success at the job. Instead of ripping his university’s hire, McCombs should be providing support in a positive manner. Strong has shown considerable success at every stop he’s made, and is widely regarded as one of the best minds in the game.