Had they not already been dead, Charlie Strong took an opportunity Monday to kick more dirt on rumors pinning him to the Miami opening.
Strong reiterated his commitment to Texas and told reporters about a team meeting last week in which he informed his players of his desire to stick around.
“I’ve told our players I am not going anywhere,” Strong said. “I’ve made a commitment here and we’re gonna see this program through. We’re gonna get it back on track. The players, they hear all the clutter and they laugh about it. I told them there’s nothing to worry about. I’m here, and I’m here for the duration.”
That should douse any questions left over from Strong’s denial last week about his interest in Miami. He said the rumors bothered him because “I have an unbelievable job here.”
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“I never had any doubts,” freshman cornerback John Bonney said. “(Coaches have) always told us not to worry about that and not to pay attention to it. All of us feel real strongly about Coach Strong.”
Strong, who is 10-13 with the Longhorns entering Thursday’s game with Texas Tech, passionately dismissed the idea he may have wanted to flee Texas because the job was becoming too difficult.
“I don’t run from anything,” he said. “You work so hard to place yourself in this position. Nothing’s ever tough. You grind it out. We always talk about our players, hey, you hang in there. It may not be the way you want, but so what? You just grow up. You can’t have self-pity. A lot of times guys want self-pity. There’s no self-pity. A lot of times when you’re in the position you’re in, it’s because of what you did to yourself. We didn’t do a good job of coaching. If we had done a better job of coaching, we wouldn’t be in this position.”