Comin’ On Strong Tour Permian Basin: Roy Williams impressed

Posted May 14th, 2014


There’s not a better host for the Comin’ On Strong Tour stop in the Permian Basin than Odessa’s own Roy Williams.

The former Texas receiver welcomed new coach Charlie Strong on Tuesday night when the tour met a capacity crowd at the Commemorative Air Force Hanger.

“He came around the corner, and no wonder his last name is Strong,” Williams told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. “He looks like he can play fullback right now in the NFL.”


Williams told the Midland paper that he’s a “Mack Brown guy” but he’s been impressed so far.

“Coach Strong is coming into a great situation, and if he turns things around and gets Texas back to where coach Brown took them, you can add his name to the list of Texas’ great head coaches,” Williams said, according to the report. “From what he’s done at Louisville, not only on the field but off the field. He’s got it headed in the right direction.”

Williams listened to Strong give his pitch to UT fans and then stressed patience.

“Fans are spoiled these days, and coach Brown took a 7-5 football team, to nine wins, 10 wins, 10 wins, 11 wins, a national championship and everybody is spoiled right now,” Williams said. “If he comes in and wins eight games, it’s ‘Where did we get this guy from? Give him a chance, let him stay four or five years and let him get his people in and then judge.”

The Comin’ On Strong Tour is headed to Amarillo on Wednesday and then finishes up in Beaumont and Waco next week.

To see a photo slideshow published by the Midland Reporter-Telegram, click here.

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