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Charlie Strong was hired by Texas on Monday to mostly positive reviews, but at least one Longhorn money man is not happy about the situation.

Texas booster Red McCombs called the Strong hiring a “kick in the face” during a radio interview and blasted the process taken by athletic director Steve Patterson.

“I think the whole thing is a bit sideways,” McCombs said during the radio interview. “I don’t have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.”

Of course, McCombs is a football expert, which is why he publicly advocated for the hiring of the great White Whale of college coaching searches, John Gruden. Somebody clue this man in, please.

McCombs also stated his desire to wait until at least mid-January to make the hire, seemingly unaware of recruiting deadlines that will need to be met by the new coaching staff.

While there are certainly valid criticisms to be made of the Strong hiring, but perhaps McCombs should spend a little less time flying off the handle and a little more time doing his homework.

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  1. tigersfandan says: Jan 7, 2014 7:52 PM

    Boosters need to learn their place.

  2. canetic says: Jan 7, 2014 7:53 PM

    A “great position coach.” That’s harsh. Short of Saban, I don’t know of any better coach that was interested in the Texas job.

  3. tigersfandan says: Jan 7, 2014 7:55 PM

    canetic says: Jan 7, 2014 7:53 PM

    A “great position coach.” That’s harsh. Short of Saban, I don’t know of any better coach that was interested in the Texas job.
    __________________________________

    Yep. And Saban might have been more interested in getting a new contract than anything else.

  4. cometkazie says: Jan 7, 2014 7:56 PM

    Welcome to the University of Texas!

  5. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Jan 7, 2014 8:00 PM

    I just hope McCombs knows that his comments won’t help the Texas program.

  6. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 7, 2014 8:02 PM

    Red McComb still shows theColor of Hate… Or there I say A Blatant RACIST! How Dare they Hire A BLACK MAN to run of family Business Mortimer! Randolph what ever do you we DUKES started The Exchange. This is an Out RAGE! I joking! And it may not be that Funny! BUT RED is DEAD A$$ Serious!

  7. hor2012 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:04 PM

    That was really mild to the reaction I expected when he got hired.

  8. v2the4 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:09 PM

    another rich billionare booster whinning because he didnt get his way, or his money wasnt able to influence the decision making….McCombs shouldnt talk crap about anyone…ask those who worked for him when he owned the Vikings or the Spurs how “great” of an owner he was?

    or better yet, just go ask the fans of those teams, who hated your freaking guts..”I think charlie strong will make a good position coach, or a coordinator”..you punk mofo…

    you would have never said that about any of the retreads that were on the list had they been hired, you would have broken your big fat ass stomach to suck face with the new coach, especially if it was Saban, Gundy, Briles, Mora Jr, Malzhan, Fisher, Miles or any of those “good ole boys”

    hey mccombs, message from the Texas fans to you…stick to selling cars son. stay away from the camera’s and the microphones….I know you wish you had the influence that T Boone Pickens has up at Oklahoma St, but I know T Boone…T Boone is a friend of mine…McCombs, you aint no T-Boone!

    UT San Antonio can use your money and your voice, and since you live in the Alamo city, start cheering for those boys…

  9. imaduffer says: Jan 7, 2014 8:09 PM

    Why did Blazing Saddles just pop into my mind?

  10. titansbro says: Jan 7, 2014 8:22 PM

    A Texas booster mad about a black coach? Noooo…. why that’s preposterous.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:22 PM

    Arrogance just doesn’t go away. It’s amazing what happens when someone has a little money. They seem to think their opinion is the only one that counts.

  12. titansbro says: Jan 7, 2014 8:23 PM

    My guess, & it’s just a guess, is that Red McCombs doesn’t like President Obama either. Just a gut feeling.

  13. mrlaloosh says: Jan 7, 2014 8:26 PM

    Hee Hee “Blazing Saddles”. Hey McCombs, it’s twu, it’s twu. But that’s his elbow.

  14. dmcgrann says: Jan 7, 2014 8:30 PM

    I wonder if his reaction is more about Charlie Strong’s hiring or Mack Brown’s firing? Texas has the money to hire the best available coach in the country. I think that they probably did just that – the key word is “available” (or maybe “willing” to deal with crap that comes from folks like Red McCombs).

    Of course, selling Fords, owning the mighty Minnesota Vikings for seven years, and being the Chairman of Academi (FKA Blackwater International) make you a football genius. But it didn’t make you as rich as Charles Butt.

    And, McCombs should consider the idea of making friends and playing nice. Helping to found Clear Channel is one of those things that’s hard to live down.

  15. tuckfexas says: Jan 7, 2014 8:32 PM

    Is this what you were looking for duffer?

    http://imageshack.com/a/img11/2139/xcsc.gif

  16. onlyoneleft says: Jan 7, 2014 8:36 PM

    Charlie Strong had better keep his resume up to date. I don’t believe he will last long in Texas.

  17. Gordon says: Jan 7, 2014 8:40 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy that ran the Vikings into the ground?

  18. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:46 PM

    I figure he will be gone as soon as South Carolina or Florida opens up, but he will be good for Texas until then.

  19. germanflats13a38 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:47 PM

    Tuckfexas, you’re my hero.

  20. tuckfexas says: Jan 7, 2014 8:47 PM

    Yeah, he’s the Vikings clown.

  21. tuckfexas says: Jan 7, 2014 8:50 PM

    German-that’s from a guy who goes by LSUFreek. Google him & check out his stuff. This guy is so far beyond good, it’s not even funny. Every damn thing he comes up with will have you rolling & in tears.

  22. dmcgrann says: Jan 7, 2014 8:51 PM

    Gordon, I don’t know that he ran them into the ground, but he fled as soon as it became clear that the taxpayers wouldn’t build a new stadium for him. Funny how the taxpayers in Minnesota found that building a stadium for a New Jersey real estate developer who’s been accused of racketeering was a better deal than building one for ol’ Red.

  23. gatiger says: Jan 7, 2014 8:56 PM

    I really don’t think his issue with Strong is race. I think it is more that as a billionaire supporter he thinks his opinion should matter. When the administration did not include him…he has acted up.

    Just my opinion. Think he’s spoiled and self entitled. May be a racist too, but I think mainly its arrogance.

    Hope Strong is successful and proves him wrong.

  24. thetooloftools says: Jan 7, 2014 8:59 PM

    Red is the same clown who drove the Vikings into the ground and then tried to hold the town hostage because he wanted a new stadium. This is exactly what is WRONG with the NCAA. So let me get this right, Texas has an Athletics director but because Red “donates” a big tax write off to Texas, that makes him the owner? You deserve to get your face kicked in.
    Crying spoiled little baby. You know I don’t consider Texas a great job?
    Because of idiots like this guy.

  25. longtallsam says: Jan 7, 2014 9:08 PM

    ebrownwareagle says: Jan 7, 2014 8:02 PM
    Red McComb still shows theColor of Hate… Or there I say A Blatant RACIST! How Dare they Hire A BLACK MAN to run of family Business Mortimer! Randolph what ever do you we DUKES started The Exchange. This is an Out RAGE! I joking! And it may not be that Funny! BUT RED is DEAD A$$ Serious!

    Why is it that some people have to put a racist spin on everything. McComb may very well be a racist, I have no idea and neither do you.

    Most likely, McComb just doesn’t think Charlie Strong is a big enough “name” for the Texas job. He was probably sure they could get Saban, Gruden, Harbaugh…just about anyone they would go after.

    McCombs doesn’t realize that so-called “boosters” like him are the very thing that turned off many of those “big names”. A “booster” like McCombs is not really a booster at all. His type do more harm to a school than good.

  26. thekatman says: Jan 7, 2014 9:13 PM

    I don’t think that booster’s comments were all about the experience of the candidate.

  27. musketmaniac says: Jan 7, 2014 9:24 PM

    Charlie pride will do, oops sorry strong will do well in Austin

  28. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    Boosters think they’re what runs college football, but who gives out cash handshakes, cars, clothes, jewelry, etc. that ruin programs? Yep, boosters.

  29. thekingdave says: Jan 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    Well, after seeing the photo of McCombs and Mack from the Alamo Bowl, the stupid “maybe a coordinator” comment (Strong’s a two time national champion as a defensive coordinator, and reading about his “contact” with Gruden (possibly imaginary), I’ve concluded ole Red is senile. Now please don’t find out my identity and kick me out of the business school.

  30. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 7, 2014 10:00 PM

    The athletic department at Texas is much akin to a circus where a bunch of clowns drive around the ring in those little tiny cars.

    They relentlessly beat their chests and tell everybody how rich they are, all the while letting their closet racist big money boosters try to dictate the hiring process for football coaches.

    McCombs has an entire college named after him at Texas, and Texas built a statue of him, right on campus. He and Joe Jamail are the guys that hired Mack Brown. DeLoss Dodds was trying to get Gary Barnett, and McCombs and Jamail would have none of it. Now you have a new AD who wants to do things his way, at the risk of losing another $250 million because they have now alienated the two largest boosters they have.

    This isn’t going away anytime soon, and once Red figures out that the new offensive coordinator is a guy that was so bad that Bo Pelini fired him, he may burn Bellmont to the ground.

  31. onlyoneleft says: Jan 7, 2014 10:13 PM

    You don’t argue with money.

  32. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    The Buddy Garrity of UT.

  33. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 10:32 PM

    Despite their deep pockets, McCombs and other disgruntled boosters didn’t get to veto this coaching choice. That’s good news for Longhorns fans.

  34. doggeatdogg says: Jan 7, 2014 10:37 PM

    I’m a great believer in people being able to speak their minds and exercising their first amendment rights. They only confirm what others suspect; their ignorance, stupidity, prejudices, etc, and in doing so give the rest an opportunity to know how to deal with them.

    For example, Charlie Strong now knows this man has taken his white hood off and he knows exactly who he is dealing with.

    There is a lot of debate and complaining that white people can’t express and opine anymore. The reality is that a lot of this stuff is being done in a way to take a swipe at people without taking a swipe at people.

    Strong is good enough fix the bus but not drive it, he is good enough to teach classes but not be the principal. I thought that kind of thinking was over. Not to Mr. McCombs.

    Unfortunately McCombs prefers to reside in the Hicksville section of town. Wouldn’t it be great if UT made a statement which would serve to elevate that whole state and all students in thanking McCombs for his support to the school but castigating him for his social backwardness. That is how you become a world class university. You don’t see that provincial crap at Top 25 Universities.

  35. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 7, 2014 10:41 PM

    All of you Defenders of Bigotry are correct. It’s not about Strong’s ethnicity. It’s about Mrs. Strong’s ethnicity.

    McCombs is a lowlife and $1.4 Billion doesn’t alter that fact one bit.

  36. normtide says: Jan 7, 2014 10:59 PM

    Another fool that thinks that Texas can just bat it’s eyes and any coach will bend over for them. Texas is great job, no doubt. But, there is at least a dozen great coaching jobs out there. Boosters like him are one of the major draw backs to coaching at Texas.

  37. bizieman says: Jan 7, 2014 11:24 PM

    He probably was wearing his white goofy pillow case during the interview.

  38. 24mountaincreeks says: Jan 7, 2014 11:48 PM

    Chucky will give you the stink eye for putting an H in his first name

  39. musketmaniac says: Jan 7, 2014 11:55 PM

    He just needs a visual. somebody put a cowboy hat on Charlie

  40. meatcarroll says: Jan 7, 2014 11:58 PM

    Das Racis.

  41. lbijake says: Jan 7, 2014 11:58 PM

    Think someone might cue Chris in to the fact the WhitweWhale of Coaching searches actually spells his name Jon, not John. Not a big deal but figure if you are employed as a follower of sports you may want to act as if you really read an article or two.

  42. musketmaniac says: Jan 8, 2014 12:20 AM

    sounds like this guy was with those other idiots talking of succession.

  43. cfballfan1 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:31 AM

    Wow – they should probably organize a posse and lynch that guy for voicing his opinions.

  44. oxking777 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:02 AM

    We’ll trade Muschump for Strong any day but, of course, we also have Fooley for AD. I notice Texas was smart enough not to offer their former coach in waiting the job.

  45. gborange says: Jan 8, 2014 6:49 AM

    It has nothing to do with race, it’s all about not realizing that your university isn’t the dream job you thought it was for these larger than life coaches. We went through the same thing at Tennessee after Fulmer.

  46. teambringitstrong says: Jan 8, 2014 7:47 AM

    I like how people are asking why does everyone put a racists spin on everything. Those who say it has nothing to do with race are either naive, in denial, or racists themselves.
    I’ve been on this earth long enough, lived and traveled to enough places, foreign and domestic to know that the world revolves around sex, money and race.
    Red McCombs and people like him are implying that there is no Black coach that is good enough for UT. The reason I KNOW and not SURMISE this is because of the shock and awe he was in when he found out I was Black. The response, ‘When I looked at your credentials and checked your background and references, I thought you were blond haired and blue-eyed.
    So, come one here and blast my comments, give them thumbs down and deny that there was no malicious racist intent. You’re only lying to yourselves, covering up for your own bigotry and fueling the fire.

    The truth is not determined by who believes it.

  47. gs7101 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:26 AM

    Red McCombs should just stick to what he knows best: selling cars. He is just upset that his choice, John Gruden, didn’t get the job. I live in the San Antonio area and Gruden’s name as a candidate wasn’t really a top priority. Gruden would have been a horrible choice to replace Mac Brown. He got lucky when he took over a Tony Dungy-built Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that won a Superbowl. McCombs is the same individual who hired Jerry Tarkanian to coach the San Antonio Spurs; Tark only lasted 20 games. Charlie Strong will do just fine leading the Longhorns, but he has to win immediately. An African-American coach won’t be allowed to have an 8-4 record in 3 straight years. Just asked Tyrone Willingham, who signed a 5-year contact at Notre Dame, but was fired after only three season. Strong will earn $5 million a year; McCombs wanted the university to shell out up to $8 million for a so-called big-name coach!

  48. dhardy8207 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:05 AM

    And this is exactly why no elite coach (Saban, Miles, Fisher) would take this job. The billionaire’s were bickering and bidding against each other like they were at an auction before this hire. I’m gonna go out on that famous limb again and predict this will not end the flood of discontent that will come out of Texas.

    The unfortunate thing for Strong is that no matter how good of a coach and a recruiter he is, he will be scrutinized at every turn and if he doesn’t produce next season the demands to fire him will take its toll.

  49. gatorprof says: Jan 8, 2014 9:13 AM

    McCombs is an idiot.

    Why in the world would he think that Gruden would be a top shelf college coach?

    Yes, chucky won a SB. He basically put a spit shine on a Ferrari that was loaded with pro bowlers. Good coaching job, yes. Did he build a program that was in disarray into a top team…um, NO. Did he then take that team and drive it into the ground? Yes. Even with the SB season in year one, he was a .500 coach.

    Prior to the TB gig, he was o.k. in Oakland, but not a world beater.

    I don’t see his style translating to the college game, period.

    I certainly don’t see his him as a guaranteed improvement over Strong, how has an excellent track record as a HC (rebuilding a program from essentially scratch to a top 10 team, producing top NFL talent) and is one of the best defensive minds in college football.

  50. thekatman says: Jan 8, 2014 9:30 AM

    Charlie Strong is a great coach. The TX AD isn’t s fool and would not hire a coach who isn’t. Texas alumni and fans will have to get over his skin color and the fact he married a beautiful woman of another race. No biggie in today’s world.

    Texas will do just fine, sports fans.
    Gruden is not a college coach and it seems he doesn’t have the patience to deal with the NCAA 20 hr rule.

  51. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:53 AM

    Red is the same guy who had an article written earlier this year about how he wasn’t happy about the results on the field. Now he didn’t like the hire.

    Now Texas has to come back to earth and realize that money can’t buy them any coach they want. They got a great coach and now they just need to give him the room to do it.

  52. mogogo1 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:29 AM

    And this is before Strong’s even lost a single game. McCombs will be wanting Strong to bring him his whiskey and park his car if OU ever beats them.

    And McCombs isn’t a simple booster. He owned the Nuggets and Spurs, as well as the Minnesota Vikings. So, the “position coach” comment isn’t some slip-of-the-tongue from somebody totally clueless about football. He absolutely knew what sort of insult that was to a head coach.

  53. vavikingfan says: Jan 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    Strong is just setting himself up for a lot of stress so I hope he got lots of money out of this; nothing he does will be good enough for McCombs and he doesn’t seem like the type to kiss ass of the boosters. He should look at what happened to Rich Rodriguez at Michigan.

  54. ancientcougar says: Jan 8, 2014 2:30 PM

    It’s McCombs type of attitude that eliminated RG3 from coming to Texas and of course Manziel didn’t fit the physical model that Texas should ha ve. I still wonder how Vince Young got a scholarship?

  55. tigersfandan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:39 PM

    teambringitstrong says: Jan 8, 2014 7:47 AM

    I like how people are asking why does everyone put a racists spin on everything. Those who say it has nothing to do with race are either naive, in denial, or racists themselves.
    I’ve been on this earth long enough, lived and traveled to enough places, foreign and domestic to know that the world revolves around sex, money and race.
    Red McCombs and people like him are implying that there is no Black coach that is good enough for UT. The reason I KNOW and not SURMISE this is because of the shock and awe he was in when he found out I was Black. The response, ‘When I looked at your credentials and checked your background and references, I thought you were blond haired and blue-eyed.
    So, come one here and blast my comments, give them thumbs down and deny that there was no malicious racist intent. You’re only lying to yourselves, covering up for your own bigotry and fueling the fire.

    The truth is not determined by who believes it.
    _________________________________

    So, if I don’t believe you, I’m racist? That’s the kind of mentality that keeps setting this country back. Everyone assumes that if an old white guy criticizes a black guy, it must be racism. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with McCombs being upset that he didn’t have enough input and/or that Texas hired a coach from the American Athletic Conference.

  56. rcali says: Jan 8, 2014 3:43 PM

    Well McCombs is probably one of the big dogs privately financing the football players so he should have some say, right? Really, you don’t think that’s what goes on?

  57. bloodisred says: Jan 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    Sorry, but when i see/hear McCombs I can’t help mentally replaying the Django eye-hole scene.

  58. tmac4454 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:25 PM

    I know now that some people need to stop buying vehicles from this prick in San Antonio. Glad I never purchased a vehicle from him lot.

  59. rockgate says: Jan 8, 2014 5:56 PM

    I wonder if Red McCombs is related to Jerry Jones…..

    They both have lots of money…..and no class.

  60. rockgate says: Jan 8, 2014 5:58 PM

    And as a Longhorn fan….’Good on you Patterson. You did good son.’

  61. volfan2012 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    I must have missed the part where McCombs made a racial comment. Because he disagrees with the hiring of a coach doesn’t mean he disagrees for racial reasons. Texas is a huge money school and probably could’ve hired a more accomplished coach from a more accomplished school.
    Everything MLK fought for in the 60′s has passed us by. We are now at a place in our society where the black community, as a whole, is more racist than the white community. If a person, such as this booster, has a negative thing to say about a black person, they’re automatically labeled as racist and a bigot. Reverse the roles and its no big deal. Stop the hypersensitivity and let’s have actual racial equality.

  62. onlyoneleft says: Jan 8, 2014 9:45 PM

    Feisty posted: “I figure he will be gone as soon as South Carolina or Florida opens up, but he will be good for Texas until then”

    I Strong makes it at Texas (I don’t think he will), SC and Florida will have no chance at him.

  63. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    Here’s what doesn’t add up.

    CHARLIE STRONG HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A DAMNED GOOD FOOTBALL COACH.

    Dumbass Red McCombs impuned Charlie Strong’s proffesional integrity, when his abilities are above reproach.

    I’m a white guy. And that is blatant racism.

  64. tuckfexas says: Jan 8, 2014 10:33 PM

    “I’m a white guy. And that is blatant racism.”

    Maybe. Keep in mind that these Texass dickheads think they can buy anyone. God only knows who this arrogant cunt thought that they were going to be able to get.

  65. normtide says: Jan 8, 2014 11:01 PM

    I said all along that the politics at Texas was the major drawback. Rich donors expect a say in everything. More so in Texas, and at UT x2. Texas COULD be the best job on America, but way too many cooks on the kitchen. It’s why I said Saban wouldn’t thrive there, or any other control freak. Most alumni/donors/fans fall in line and praise a new coaching hire. Texas tears them down before they coach a single game. And, you can bet if one is saying it to the press, dozens of others are saying it behind closed doors to each other. Give Strong time, if he can change the culture, Texas will win big.

  66. bfree2k says: Jan 9, 2014 10:06 AM

    longtallsam rhetorically asks why does everything come down to race to which I say GOOGLE Al Campanis and get back to me. Red McCombs’ comments sound eerily similar to that of Al Campanis’ remarks made on Nightline in 1987 about blacks becoming manager’s or GM’s in baseball and that fool was fired from his executive positions from the Dodgers within days because his comments were widely viewed as racist by everyone who saw his pathetic performance. And if you think that these two white men are the only one’s who feel this way about blacks, then I have to ask you “why does a fair segment of white men actually believe that race doesn’t factor into everyday situations and occurrences?”

  67. longtallsam says: Jan 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    I still say McCoombs comments are not because of racism, but because, in McCoombs mind, Strong isn’t a big enough “name”, and he didn’t have input in selecting the coach. These type “boosters” are all about having access and influence. McCoombs may well be a racist, but we would have probably gotten the same response if Texas had hired, say, Dabo Swinney, a coach with similar head coaching experience and record as Strong.

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