Texas head coach Charlie Strong is apparently very bad with names as he couldn’t recall his own starting quarterback’s.
Texas‘ Charlie Strong is one of the best young head coaches in college football today, but the Longhorns’ leader apparently has a poor memory loaded with “senior moments.” In a recent deposition, that I will explain in a second, Strong couldn’t recall the first name of his starting quarterback, Tyrone Swoopes.
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With a lawsuit looming over the head of Texas offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, the school and their coaches are being questioned in the matter. The lawsuit is from Oklahoma State, Wickline’s old employer, concerning the possibility of the coordinator taking the same job at a different program, which would cost him $600,000.
The whole deal was that Wickline would owe Oklahoma State that $600,000 if it’s proven that he doesn’t call the plays for Texas. Basically, he wasn’t allowed to take the same job, offensive line coach, at a different school without having to pay for it.
During the deposition, however, Strong was being questioned and one thing he was asked was “who are your current quarterbacks on your team right now?”
This was the response.
It’s one thing to forget a walk-on’s first name or even his last name, but to forget the starting quarterback that passed for 2,409 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 262 yards and four scores is just a bit ridiculous.
Let’s cut Strong some slack, though. He’s new to the program and he’s trying to remember all the names of his top players. But hey, at least he remembered his last name, which is the most important part.
We’ll just label it a senior moment, but Strong might want to burn Tyrone Swoopes’ name into his memory if he wants to keep the team chemistry up. Only kidding, but it really might be a good thing to remember.
Texas was 6-7 in the first year under Strong and looked to be one of college football’s rising teams. This is a program that seemed to be in turmoil just two years ago as everyone and their mother was calling for Mack Brown’s job.
Strong has done a solid job of keeping his players happy and showing them that football can be fun again — even if remembering their names takes a back seat.
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