Of all the Comin’ On Strong Tour stops, the Rio Grande Valley location was the only one that sold out — twice. It sold out so fast initially that school officials moved locations, and it sold out again.
So, it’s safe to say Texas fans were revved up in South Texas.
Greg Luca of The Monitor reports that 500 fans jammed the Edinburg Conference Center to hear Charlie Strong, athletic director Steve Patterson and men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, who had some big news himself on Wednesday.
“It has been fun, just to make this stop and just to be in the Valley,” Strong said, according to The Monitor. “What’s really great is just to see the passion and the excitement and how amazing the fans are and the alums and the boosters. … I would say that this crowd here, I said, ‘Wow.’ This crowd is unbelievable compared to where we’ve been.”
At each stop, Strong has visited briefly with VIPs in a room off to the side. On Wednesday, they came flocking to him, apparently.
“They didn’t give me a chance to come to them,” Strong said. “They just came running up on me, ‘Hey, coach, can I get a picture? Hey, coach, can you sign this?”
Barnes wasn’t allowed to speak specifically about new recruit Myles Turner. The school had not received his official letter of intent paperwork on Wednesday; they expect to make everything official on Thursday. But he did talk about the rising expectations around his program.
“That other kid, that everybody is talking about, I really can’t talk about that, because I haven’t seen that national letter,” Barnes said, according to The Monitor. “But the fact is that’s a great job by our basketball staff. They’ve worked really hard all year, so we’re excited.”
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