Comin’ On Strong Tour San Antonio: Strong meets with UT players, Red McCombs

Posted April 28th, 2014


SAN ANTONIO — Texas coach Charlie Strong said he started having 15-minute, one-on-one meetings with players on Monday so that there is no confusion over where they stand on the depth chart heading into the summer.

Speaking before the Comin’ On Strong Tour stop in San Antonio, Strong said he has not met yet with either quarterback David Ash or Tyrone Swoopes. The players will meet with Strong when their class schedule allows.

“I think they understand just what we expect as coaches now,” Strong said at Sunset Station, located just north of the Alamodome. “Early in spring ball, they just didn’t know our coaching style and didn’t know really who we were. Now, they understand who we are. So you can see that they’re developing and they understand more.


“The thing about players, they want to win and they want to please you, so they’ll do everything possible to get that done.”

Ash (fractured foot) is expected to be back to full strength in July while running back Johnathan Gray (Achilles) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (Achilles) should be cleared in June.

Also Monday, Strong said he stopped by UT megabooster Red McCombs’ office to “say hello.” McCombs was critical of Strong’s hire initially and started a firestorm by saying, “I think he’d probably make a fine position coach, maybe a coordinator.”

Strong said Monday: “It wasn’t like a formal meeting. Nothing that needed to be said.

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