Charlie Strong: Texas is state’s ‘flagship university’

Posted February 5th, 2014


New Texas coach Charlie Strong didn’t exactly jab rival Texas A&M directly at his signing day press conference.

But Strong definitely let it be known where he thinks the Longhorns should be ranked in the state’s pecking order.

When asked about recruiting against Southeastern Conference teams, Strong said: “We’re still the University of Texas. We will always be the flagship university of this state.


“It’s hard to try to keep guys in, but you have to go recruit them and not be afraid. You’ve got to go battle those Southeastern Conference teams, whomever they may be.”

Strong made several references on Wednesday to Texas being the state’s “flagship school.” At no time did he criticize A&M by name or even mention Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin, though.

In fact, when asked specifically whether he wanted to play A&M, Strong said, “Do I want to play A&M? Loaded question there, huh? That’s going to be for the president and the athletic director. I really don’t care who we play.”

Strong simply feels that Texas should control the recruiting in its own state.

“What’s going to be key is we have to control this state,” Strong said. “If we do decide to go out of state, we will go out of state for a specific need. You can’t make a living in those other states. You’ve got to take care of this state.

“Everyone’s coming here, and if you think about it, if everyone’s coming to pluck your state, why are you going to venture out?”

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