Here on the South Texas leg of the Comin’ On Strong Tour, Texas coach Charlie Strong continues to impress fans with his straight-forward style. Texas fans in Corpus Christi got their chance to hear Strong’s message Tuesday night at Brewster Street Ice House.
“What’s important for this tour is just to make sure that we get each part of Texas and let (the fans) know that the program’s in good hands,” Strong said, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, “because I followed an unbelievable coach in Coach (Mack) Brown and he did a great job. It’s our job now to continue to move it forward.”
Stephen McMains, the president of the Texas Exes Corpus Christi chapter, told the newspaper that tickets sold out a week in advance.
“I think the message he’s sending out is great,” McMains said. “I think Longhorns fans are excited. We’re excited. You get some people that are just rejuvenated … anytime you have change, it really gets people excited as far as some of the unknown that’s going to happen. I think it’s great.
“I’m truly excited to see what’s going on, what’s going to happen on the football field next year. It’s got all the alumni fired up.”
Just like everywhere else, Strong was asked multiple times about the quarterback situation.
“(David) Ash won’t be back until probably the middle of July and then we’ll be able to get him back and get him moving with the drills,” Strong said. “Tyrone (Swoopes) is just going to continue to get better and better. It’s work, but that’s with every position, not only (quarterbacks).”
The Caller-Times also spoke with those putting the tour together.
“At first, it was kind of sad,” said Teri Pierce, Texas’ associate athletic director for marketing, “because we were kind of in limbo. We didn’t know Coach Strong, we knew Coach Brown. They’re very, very different people, but they’re both great in their own rights, and just getting to know who Coach Strong is has been really fun.”
“There’s always controversy when you hire a big position like that,” McMains said. “You’re not going to make everybody happy but I think (Texas athletic director) Steve Patterson went out, did his due diligence, looked at everybody, and I think he got the perfect person.”
The following video comes from KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.
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