Reply To: Billionaire Texas Donor McCombs: Strong hire a "kick in the face"

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McCombs never said that Strong was not capable of leading a program. In fact, he said he is “a fine coach.” Could he have been clearer as to his reasoning ? Yes, by all means. What he could have said is that Strong is a fine coach who has only 4 years experience as a head coach, played only 3 ranked teams in those 4 years (all of which were ooc) amassed seasonal records of 7-6,7-6,11-2, and 12-1. The last two seasons were with Teddy Bridgewater at QB against a weak Big East/AAC conference schedule. Look, I think that Strong is a good coach, but he is not the high profile hire that McCombs was looking for. His 2 Big East championships are nice, but to McCombs and others, they are not Big 12 championships or SEC championships. They are replacing a coach that won the National Championship for them in 2005 and won the Southern Div 7 times – a man with 244 wins on his resume.

Indeed, McCombs and other boosters at UT have too much influence with the athletic department, but UT is not alone in that respect. Yes, McCombs could have spoke more eloquently about the matter, but to call him a racist based on his comments seems to me to be a knee-jerk or trigger-happy reaction. But it sells media, does it not?