BEAUMONT _ Charlie Strong is nearly finished with his whirlwind introductory tour of the state of Texas.
On Monday, he was in Beaumont, speaking to about 300 fans who gathered for the 11th stop of the “Comin’ On Strong Tour.” For the 11th straight stop, it was a sold-out affair with a waiting list.
Before anyone could ask him, Strong offered up his assessment of the Longhorn quarterbacks. He joked that as an old defensive coach, he’d rather talk about the ends and tackles. But he knew what everyone would want to know.
So he asked that UT fans not put too much pressure on David Ash or Tyrone Swoopes by comparing them to Longhorn greats Vince Young and Colt McCoy, two Heisman finalists who won some of the biggest games for Texas.
“Colt is gone, OK,” Strong said. “He’s gone. Vince _ Vince, he’s gone. He won a national championship.”
Strong said he simply wants Ash or Swoopes “to just move the team. Just do the job.”
Earlier, Strong spoke of a new rule that will allow his staff to keep better tabs on the players this summer. Back in December, the NCAA tweaked its rules to allow coaches to monitor summer activity, including conditioning and film study. In prior years, such training was considered voluntary. Now, coaches like Strong can require eight hours of training a week.
Strong said he’ll use the time for player conditioning and to track whether the players are going to class. And if someone misses school time, “we’ll be able to do something about it.”
Strong also said he’ll have two of his assistants recruiting the talent-rich Golden Triangle. Both defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and receivers coach Les Koenning attended high school in the area. Koenning’s father even was a coach at an area high school.
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