Texas Booster Red McCombs Calls Charlie Strong Hire a Kick in the Face


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Longtime Texas booster Red McCombs is not happy about Charlie Strong being named the the new head coach of the University of Texas, calling it a “kick in the face” during a radio interview according to ESPN.

“I think the whole thing is a bit sideways,” McCombs said of the selection process during an interview with ESPN 1250 San Antonio. “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.”

McComb, who is the former owner of the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings publicly lobbied for the university to hire former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden and said he was stunned when he found out Texas hired Charlie Strong as their new head coach.

“I think it is a kick in the face,” McCombs said. “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.”

The school of business is named after McCombs and there is a statue of him inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The benefactor has donated over $110 million to the university so I understand why he’s mad. He feels like his opinion was undermined. At this point the only thing Charlie Strong can do to shut his critics up is win and bring Texas back to the glory days when it was one of the top schools in the nation.


  1. Why when Black people get any type of authority are a great job position it’s alway a bad hire. Jon Gruden was a horrible NFL coach his players hated playing for him and his 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team quit on him. Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp went on record calling him the worst coach in the NFL and said he had no integrity for players. Why would you want this guy? Because you see him on ESPN talking to college QBs? The way he talks to them is the same way every coach college and pro coaches communicate with their QBs. Jon Gruden knows he’s not a college coach so he’ll never go back to it. Charlie Strong fits the new age of coaching in the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin.

  2. This is the exact same thing Sylvester Croom had to endure back in 2004. He was the first black head football coach in the SEC. Mississippi State University boosters hated it. This current situation at the university of Texas does not surprise me one bit. Like I said before, this will be a huge challenge for Charlie Strong both on and off the field.

  3. Deon don’t forget, Gruden won the Super Bowl because of the players Tony Dungy drafted and developed! That is a fact!

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