Texas coach Charlie Strong, shown during a preseason workout, needs a strong closing kick on the recruiting trail. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Charlie Strong says Ukwuachu a definite no

UT coach believes in second chances but not inviting new problems.

Posted August 23rd, 2015

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Story highlights
  • Strong says second chances should be given internally, not to outsiders seeking a transfer
  • Strong has long advocated against mistreatment of women, and kicked off two players for sexual assault
  • Strong opens up and explains why he didn't release Du'Vonta Lampkin from scholarship

If Charlie Strong coached at Baylor and not Texas, it’s unlikely Sam Ukwuachu would have gotten a second chance there.

At Saturday’s press conference to address fall camp ending at Texas, Strong was asked about the situation at Baylor. Defensive end Sam Ukwuachu

was found guilty last week of raping an 18-year-old Baylor

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female student in October 2013. Ukwuachu was sentenced Friday to six months in county jail plus community

service and 10 years of probation.

Baylor coach Art Briles is being criticized for accepting Ukwuachu as a transfer after he was kicked off the team at Boise State, where he was accused of punching his girlfriend.

Strong, who last summer dismissed wide receivers

Kendall Sanders and Montrel

Meander after they were charged with sexual assault, said he would have said no to Ukwuachu.

“I can’t speak for other coaches, ” said Strong, who avoided mentioning Baylor or Briles by name. “You have to value a young lady. She needs to be respected. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why we as men feel we can mistreat women, talk to women any way we want. They have value just like everyone else. It can’t continue to happen. At some point, something needs to be said, and I think it will.”

Strong added, “I’m all about giving young men second chances, but I want to give that chance within my program.

I don’t want to feel like I have to go outside and bring someone in who you know has had an issue.”

Strong counts treating women with respect among his five core values. His advocacy

of women’s rights elicited a meeting arranged by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last September in Austin.

Recently, Strong said he invited female activist Alexis

Jones to speak to his team about proper treatment of women.

“It’s something you have to continually talk to young men about, ” Strong said.

Lampkin: For the first time, Strong addressed in detail his decision not to release Longhorns signee Du’Vonta Lampkin from his scholarship, saying that doing so would have set a bad precedent.

Lampkin did not pass a Spanish course and therefore cannot enroll at Texas when classes begin Wednesday.

He says he will attend Oklahoma.

“There was so much time that we placed into Lampkin,

and he understood what it would take to get into school here, ” Strong said. “What I don’t want to see happen is we set this standard where a young man says, ‘Hey, I have to finish this course, and if I don’t finish it, I can go somewhere else.’ Now, we’re opening up the door for other recruits for that to happen.”

Strong said he does not know whether Oklahoma tampered to get Lampkin.

Short yards: Strong said Tyrone Swoopes would start at quarterback if Texas played a game today…. After getting trounced in Wednesday’s scrimmage, the offense bounced back and “scored a lot of touchdowns, ” Strong said…. Saturday marked the end of training camp. Preparation for Notre Dame will begin this week…. Strong said tight end Blake Whiteley (knee) will undergo tests this week.

Contact Ryan Autullo at 512-445-3958. Twitter: @autulloAAS

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