University of Texas President Bill Powers praised football coach Charlie Strong for taking a “hard line” on the indefinite suspension of two players and dismissing three others for breaking team rules.
It’s rare for Powers to comment about athletic matters on his “Tower Talk” blog. But he believes that Strong’s disciplinary stance will ultimately attract others to attend UT and play for the Longhorns.
“In recent days, criminal charges and violations of team rules have led Coach Charlie Strong to dismiss and suspend multiple students from our football team,” Powers wrote on the blog posting. “These are unfortunate losses, but I fully support Coach Strong and the hard line on discipline he takes. Indeed, this trait is among the reasons he was hired.
“There’s no more demanding job in college sports than coach of the Texas Longhorns football team. In Charlie Strong, we have the right person for the job. Young players across Texas and beyond know that when they come to UT Austin, they’ll live by Coach Strong’s rules or they won’t play football. This will attract the best young men, and they will make all of us proud on the field and off.”
Powers also issued a statement in support of Strong when receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault. Both of their names have been taken off the team’s online roster. Sanders and Meander have a court date scheduled for next Thursday.
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