Charlie Strong, the University of Texas Head Football Coach, speaks at a press conference earlier this season.

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Charlie Strong: Kentucky subpoena request ‘will not affect my focus in any way’

Posted February 21st, 2016

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UPDATE 12:50 p.m. Monday: This story has been updated to reflect the motion hearing being scheduled at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Friday. 

Editor’s note: The following represents the original story published Sunday.

A Kentucky family court has been asked to issue a subpoena ordering Texas coach Charlie Strong to give a deposition and turn over documentation as part of divorce proceedings involving a University of Louisville trustee.

Attorneys for Jonathan Blue, a Louisville donor and trustee, seek to obtain information about Strong’s relationship with his wife, Tracy Blue.

According to a court document obtained by the American-Statesman, attorneys seek text messages and phone bills from Strong’s cellphone along with copies of the coach’s calendar and travel records dating back to 2012.

The order asks for information about a Movado watch, jewelry, shoes and other clothing allegedly given to Strong by Tracy Blue. Also, the order seeks “all credit card charges incident to services, products, or accommodations which to any degree benefited Tracy Blue.”

Jonathan Blue’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, did not comment about the case when contacted Sunday by the Statesman. Tracy Blue’s attorney did not respond for comment.

The judge is expected to rule on the motion on Friday, Oldfather said.

“I was recently given information regarding a marital dispute between a couple I know in Louisville,” Strong said in a statement issued Sunday. “I’m not a party to their divorce and have received no court order in this case. I certainly respect the legal system, and if I do receive a court order, I will review it and respond then.

“Since this is a legal case, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to say anything further at this time,” Strong added. “I do want Longhorn fans and supporters to know that this will not affect my focus in any way. My number one priority is getting this team ready to compete at the highest level. We are doing that now and will continue to do so.”

Strong was the head coach at Louisville from 2010 to 2013 before joining the Longhorns in January 2014.

Late Sunday, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin issued a statement.

“I’ve spoken with Charlie about the recent media reports and he will keep me apprised of this situation,” Perrin said. “I am confident Charlie will remain focused on moving the Longhorns forward. He is doing an outstanding job as our head coach and I continue to support those efforts as he prepares for the 2016 season.”

 

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