On Monday, new Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong faced his first test as one of the most recognizable figures in the nation when he went before the UT media for his introductory press conference.
When it was all said and done, Strong may have won over the vaunted Texas media on his first time out, getting off to a good start in snubbing the thought that he won’t be able to handle this side of things.
Strong talked a lot about recruiting, Mack Brown and bringing the program back to national prominence, which is what everyone in Austin–and UT alums around the country–really want.
He referenced not only Brown whom he’s succeeding, but legendary head coach Darrell Royal in regards to getting this program to where it is today and giving him the chance to keep building something special in Austin.
“The bricks are there,” Strong said. “I just need to put another brick on top of it.
Then there was the subject of recruiting, something that Brown has come under a lot of fire for recently by not bringing some of the raw talent in the state of Texas to Austin, but Strong doesn’t believe that that will be an issue.
“We will recruit with fire, and we will recruit with passion,” Strong said. “We are devoted to making Austin the state capitol for college football.”
Texas’ new head coach did make it a point to say that Brown is welcome around the program whenever he pleases, and he doesn’t even have to ask, just show up. He spoke with Mack, and the former coach told him to just do what he does best, and that’s coach football.
As far as staffing goes, there have not been any decisions made in that area but Strong made it a point to say that he does want people with Texas ties to help with those recruiting goals mentioned before.