New Texas football coach Charlie Strong aced his first major media test during the introductory press conference. He looked right at home Monday night on Longhorn Network, too.
Strong taped an interview with LHN during the day where he acknowledged Texas’ history and his desire to land a top-tier job. He should get used to this. Talking with LHN is a huge component of the job, whether Strong likes it or not.
“I just laugh about it,” Strong said. “When I look at the media, it’s no different than anyone else. When someone asks you a question, you answer the question, it’s not that hard.
“But people say that just maybe because of how I carry myself. I’m not jumping up and down and screaming, ‘Let’s go, go, go, go!’ I do no dislike the media or hate the media. If someone asks me to do something, I’ll do it.”
LHN studio host Lowell Galindo asked Strong what he’d like people to say about his football team.
“I want them to say, ‘That is a well coached football team. That is a very disciplined football team. A team that plays hard. A team that plays with passion. A team that has fun,’” Strong said on LHN.
“You have to enjoy the game,” he added. “You want your players to really enjoy the game. And when you’re out there, you don’t want to make it look like they’re sleepwalking. Hey, wake up, let’s go to work. Let’s get something to us. Let’s have a little swag to us.”
Strong was criticized at Louisville for accepting the Tennessee job in December 2012 and then backing out and staying put. That’s why when the Texas opening surfaced, Strong said he wanted to keep things low key and let the situation play out quietly.
“Just dealing with the whole committee and dealing with (men’s athletic director Steve Patterson), it was so fortunate that never once, even when thinks leaked, it didn’t leak from us because I would deny, deny, deny.”
Just like in the introductory press conference, Strong said he would not be intimidated by coaching on such a large stage. He also acknowledged the work his predecessor, Mack Brown, did in building upon the foundation laid by legendary icon Darrell Royal.
Royal’s widow, Edith, was among those sitting on the front row at Monday’s introductory press conference.
“There have been so many great coaches here from Coach Royal to Coach (David) McWilliams to Coach (Fred) Akers to Coach Brown, but the foundation has been laid within this program. It’s a program with a strong tradition, strong history.
“The only thing I can do is take a brick, lay it on top of what’s already been built and continue the tradition, the integrity and what it really stands for. “
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