Texas coach Charlie Strong is giving safety Josh Turner another chance and reinstating him back to the team, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
Strong made his final decision after he and the player had a midday meeting on Wednesday. The agreement comes with some caveats, though. Turner must follow strict rules, something akin to a zero-tolerance policy with the coaching staff, to remain in good standing, the source said.
Turner’s problems started in earnest when he had a verbal altercation with strength coach Pat Moorer earlier this summer, the source said. Turner was one of the players subject to 5 a.m. workouts for those that Strong “banned” from the team’s workout facilities.
It was learned Friday that Turner, a senior from Oklahoma City, was one of four players that Strong had dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Turner kept communicating with the coaching staff and wanted to stay, the source said, but he also began exploring his transfer options.
Running back Joe Bergeron, who was also dismissed last Friday, has been given his full release from his UT scholarship, according to a source close to Bergeron. West Texas A&M athletic director Micheal McBroom told the American-Statesman that his school received the proper paperwork from UT on Wednesday afternoon that his school could contact Bergeron.
It’s unclear what will happen to the other two players dismissed last week — safety Chevoski Collins and running back Jalen Overstreet.
Texas officials have not confirmed that any of the four players were dismissed. Their names still appear on the team’s online roster.
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