This spring, Texans everywhere can determine who has a better stump speech: the candidates running for governor or Texas coach Charlie Strong.
Strong will be the keynote speaker in an 11-city tour that will take him to almost every major spot in the state. Presumably he’ll ride aboard the newly-christened Comin’ On Strong Tour bus, which is sponsored by Dish Network.
The athletic department has multiple reasons to stage a barnstorming tour, something UT rarely did under former coach Mack Brown.
Strong wants to drum up excitement for the upcoming season. The department wants to support one of its broadcast partners, Dish Network. And Dish will presumably promote the heck out of Longhorn Network, which will start airing on Dish this summer.
Fans will be encouraged to take photos with Strong, Smokey the Cannon, Texas cheer and pom squads and the mascot Bevo.
Tickets at each location are $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Ticket price includes food, giveaways and a tour T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased starting at 9 a.m. Friday on TexasSports.com. For more information, call 512-232-3865.
2014 Comin’ On Strong Tour dates
April 21, Fort Worth
Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76164
April 22, Dallas
400 S. Houston St., Dallas, TX 75202
April 23, Houston
Reliant Pkwy., Houston, TX 77054
April 24, Tyler
5701 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX 75703
April 28, San Antonio
1174 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205
April 29, Corpus Christi
Brewster Street Ice House
1724 N. Tancahua St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
April 30, Rio Grande Valley
Casa de Palmas Renaissance McAllen Hotel
101 N. Main St., McAllen, TX 78501
May 12, El Paso
El Paso Club
201 W. Main Dr., Ste. 800, El Paso, TX 79901
May 13, Midland/Odessa
Commemorative Air Force Museum
9600 Wright Dr., Midland, TX 79706
May 14, Amarillo
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
1400 Streit Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106
May 19, Beaumont
Beaumont Country Club
5355 Pine St., Beaumont, TX 77703
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