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Charlie Strong to Red McCombs: ‘I want you around’

Posted January 9th, 2014

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Charlie Strong said he spoke to UT booster Red McCombs on Thursday, and the new Texas football coach encouraged the 86-year-old to remain a part of the program.

It’s unclear whether Strong reached out to McCombs or vice versa. Speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show, Strong said, “We had a really great conversation.

“I told him ‘You’ve done a lot for this university. And I want you around. I want you to be a part of this program and I want you to support this program.’ Because I said, ‘We need you. We need everyone. We need to band together and become that family we are because this is the Longhorn family and I want you a part of it.’”

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McCombs has not returned messages left by the American-Statesman. McCombs said Monday that he didn’t feel like Strong was qualified for the job.

Finebaum joked with Strong and asked whether the new Texas coach reminded McCombs that he was a “really good position coach?”

“Well, you know, we all can coach,” Strong said with a laugh. “I didn’t take it any other way. I just said it’s all about me just going to work and making sure I do the right things.”

Every national radio host that interviews Strong asks him about the media obligations that come with the Texas job. Strong laughs at that line of questioning, too, and always comes back to one main tenet: his job is to win football games.

“We talk about just the obligations of the media and the obligations of the boosters,” Strong said on Paul Finebaum’s show. “It’s something that can be managed. At the end of the day, it’s about me developing players and me recruiting players, and I’m going to take the time to do that.

“I have to make sure this team is in place. I think the boosters will understand that. I think the media will understand that.”

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