Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Texas HC Charlie Strong Trashed By High School Coaches Following Speech at Coaching Clinic

Ever since Charlie Strong took over the Texas Longhorns football program the talk has been pretty much positive. His approach has been commendable, his attitude is top notch, and he gives off the impression that he is going to rebuild the program through hard work and perseverance.

Strong has people thinking positive and optimistic about the future. However, after a recent appearance at a coaching clinic people had nothing optimistic or positive to say about him.

At a clinic for high school coaches at Angelo State Strong gave about a 20 minute talk. During the hiring process there were some who wondered if he could handle the social part of the job that comes with coaching at Texas. After going on a speaking tour around the state earlier this summer it seemed as if he was going to be just fine.

According to some of these coaches that is far from the case.

Travis Haney--who was in attendance--recounted some of the comments he heard in a recent post for ESPN:
“I think everyone was shocked. It was that bad,” one coach told me later.

“It made me miss Mack,” one joked.

Another: “If I was the coach at Texas, I would act like I had bigger balls than that.”
Haney also talked about hearing someone laugh at loud when Strong finished his speech. He described a person that spoke more like he was trying to finish his speech in under two minutes instead of 20, and that his train of thought was hard to follow sometimes.

There was pretty much nothing nice about Strong in Haney's post; a combination of his own thoughts and those of coaches at the clinic.

Something doesn't sound right about this at all. If he was this bad of a speaker word would have gotten out after one of the many speaking engagements on his tour of the state. Yeah, he was speaking in front of Longhorn crowds, but there is always someone that likes to spill gossip on social media.

It would be interesting to hear from some of these coaches that were there or see some video of the event. That way people could judge for themselves rather than take a blogger for his word (because we all know what kind of dirty rats they are).


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  1. Since when did talking win football games?

    1. Who said it did? I certainly didn't here.

    2. Dang Anonymous...I was thinking the same thing. Again..haters, Talk is talk. Charlie will WALK THE WALK. Never saw a good conversation ( or bad one) between the hash marks win anything save a penalty.

  2. Went here for a great all-you-can-eat buffet and they held nothing back. I was starving and am one of those voracious "sampling" type eaters who has to try everything in a buffet, and I couldn't make it!

  3. The difference between Charlie Strong and Mack Brown can be summed up this way: Well done is better than well said.

    Hate to say this, but coach Strong is probably a bit outside the comfort zone of the "Old South", good ol' boy conventions of Texas high school football. So far, everything I have heard from the Texas camp has been nothing but solid, experienced, and realistic coaching. No entitlement, no b.s. - just good solid fundamental football - something UT has been missing for a very long time.

  4. So, a reporter who didn't register for the event has a bunch of anonymous quotes and some subjective language. Have you read the follow-ups? The event organizers and a number of the high school coaches - ones with real names - are on the record saying Haney's story is a bunch of BS. Strong worked hard to fit the talk into his schedule, talked about exactly what he was supposed to talk about, and the coaches generally liked him.