Charlie Strong was the second most popular Texas Longhorn representative at the Tyler stop of the Comin’ on Strong Tour’ Thursday.
Texas legend Earl Campbell, aka the Tyler Rose, was in attendance as he was on Wednesday in Houston, where he put together a Hall of Fame NFL career with the old Houston Oilers.
“Coach Strong asked me if I would be a part of this and told him it would be my pleasure,” Campbell said. “It’s always good to come home.”
For those who don’t know their Texas history, Campbell came to Texas in 1974 after leading the Tyler John Tyler Lions to the 1973 Class 4A state championship. He posed for pics and shook hands with fans before Thursday’s event before flying back to Austin.
Tyler was the tour’s fourth stop.
Strong addressed several topics. Here are some snippets.
On spring practice: “It’s always about effort and not assignments and technique. We can improve and we can do better. We only had 15 practices but I would like 15 more.”
On Campbell: “I can remember growing up in Arkansas watching Texas and Arkansas which was a big rivalry and watching Earl run with that number 20 on. He was a powerful back who didn’t worry about running and trying to fake anyone out…Just running people over.”
On East Texas recruiting: “It’s an unbelievable region. The thing you like about when you get a player from this region, it’s how hard they work. We have Dalton (Santos) and (Steve Edmond). We know there are some outstanding players in this area and outstanding coaches too. We need to dip into this area a little better.”
On if the Horns will try and win the Big 12 after he said Monday that they won’t appear in the 2014 national title game: “Guys, it’s April. We just finished spring ball. We have the summer, preseason camp, and then we will get to the competition.”
His message to recruits: “I always tell guys, ‘You’re not coming here for the coach. You’re coming here because it’s the University of Texas.”
On Santos asking for support for his mother’s heart surgery: “It’s unbelievable what Dalton is doing for his mother. The NCAA is involved and we can get it to where it’s going to be done the right way. It’s amazing what he’s doing but it speaks to who he is because he’s concerned about his mom and making sure it’s done the proper way.”
On when the players will earn the hook’em sign: “I haven’t decided yet. We still have some work to do. Everything you do has to mean something because there‘s so much pride and tradition there and the foundation has been laid. What we can’t do is lower the standard. We have to continue to make it rise.”
The tour resumes at Sunset Station in San Antonio Monday.
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