Charlie Strong: ‘It’s time to put (Texas) back on the national stage.’

January 6, 2014


Charles Olson:

There is no doubt in my mind that Charlie Strong can handle getting Texas back on track. The only question is, can Strong be the CEO that is required at Texas? Part of this will be on Texas AD Steve Patterson to make things as easy as possible on Strong.

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

Texas officially introduced Charlie Strong as its head football coach on Monday, marking the first time since 1998 someone other than Mack Brown will coach the ‘Horns.

In his first press conference in Austin, Strong emphasized the tradition of Texas over and over, paying respect to the work put in by Mack Brown and Darrell Royal before him to get the program to where it is — as the most powerful in college football.

“The bricks are there,” Strong said. “I just need to put another brick on top of it.

“… It’s time to put this program back on the national stage.”

Strong likes where Texas is right now, even though the Longhorns haven’t played in a BCS bowl in four years. He got the most fired up talking about recruiting, though, likely a point of emphasis for a coach whose predecessor missed out on back-to-back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks…

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