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Texas booster apologizes for ripping Charlie Strong hire

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Texas booster Red McCombs apologized to Charlie Strong for calling the coach’s hiring a “kick in the face,” according to the San Antonio Express-News’ Mike Finger.

Finger reports McCombs told Strong he has his “full support” and apologized to the newly-hired Longhorns coach and “to anyone that might have been offended by anything I said or did.”

McCombs, the billionaire who formerly owned the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings, said he was surprised his initial comments were construed as being racially biased. Prior to Strong’s hire, McCombs reportedly pushed hard for Texas to hire John Gruden — something that, as has been the case for a few years, was a complete pipe dream.

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21 Responses to “Texas booster apologizes for ripping Charlie Strong hire”
  1. tigersfandan says: Jan 9, 2014 4:48 PM

    It’s Jon Gruden, not ‘John’.

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 9, 2014 4:58 PM

    A couple things.

    1. Why must everything be race based? This booster has been boisterous about coaching decisions for years. Nobody thought it was race based when he asked for the last’s coaches head when they lost the big game.

    2. I don’t know why he is apologizing, he was being honest.

    3. Strong should love that, now he knows one of the money men that he either needs to impress or not worry about.

    Isn’t it better to know what they think than having to wonder?

  3. condor75 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:01 PM

    1. Why must everything be race based? This booster has been boisterous about coaching decisions for years. Nobody thought it was race based when he asked for the last’s coaches head when they lost the big game.
    Yes, why IS it

  4. teambringitstrong says: Jan 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    Um, maybe because if you know of Red McCombs you wouldn’t be so quick to ask that question. But then again, bigot and racist apologists can’t accept te fact that even in 2014, race plays a HUGE issue in just about ever aspect of life INCLUDING leadership positions. You’re either the problem or part of the problem or you’re a problem solver.

  5. djlexluger says: Jan 9, 2014 5:14 PM

    Though I don’t think race was necessarily his issue with the hire the fact that he suggested he’d be a better position coach than head coach is what is puzzling Louisville would’ve beaten Texas soundly this year.

  6. bigjdve says: Jan 9, 2014 5:29 PM

    teambringitstrong: I have followed McCombs for a fair bit. He is a spoiled old rich guy, who bitches when he doesn’t get his way. He has always been that way. He wanted someone else, so no-one was going to fit, that was said throughout the media that the Alumni were going to not be happy unless it was Saban or some other big NFL coach.

    I still think as Strong, he would rather have McCombs spout off so he at least knows where he stands.

    Your right RACE is unfortunately still a problem. However it isn’t in every situation. I am neither a bigot or apologist. I think racists of all color, creed, and culture are ignorant.

    Why limit your options? And to your comment, you are either part of the problem or a problem solver, that is far from the truth. It isn’t that simple.

    There are plenty of people that don’t get into the debate and aren’t racist. Not everyone is an activist, but they do their part to try and eliminate racism by not falling for it OR not acting the part.

    And I stand by my statement, where were you yelling race when he was calling for the white man’s head? That is just one good example of McCombs being an equal opportunity moron.

  7. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:40 PM

    Whose head was he calling for? He liked Mack.

  8. Deb says: Jan 9, 2014 5:57 PM

    bigjdve says:

    Strong should love that, now he knows one of the money men that he either needs to impress or not worry about. Isn’t it better to know what they think than having to wonder?

    ———————————————
    No. It doesn’t do a bloody thing to benefit the football team for the coach to know what the money men think about him. Not one thing. The only people who might have an interest in a big-money booster’s opinion are those who do the hiring. And I guarantee you, McCombs told them what he thought before Strong was hired–and was ignored.

    The only interest he served by publicly criticizing Strong was his own.

  9. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:03 PM

    “to anyone that might have been offended by anything I said or did.”
    _________

    “Might have been offended”? Telling a head coach that he’d have been okay as a position coach is about as offensive as you can get.

    But a great window here into the world of Texas football. When a booster with no official ties to the program calls it a “kick in the face” when somebody he didn’t want gets hired, you can only imagine how much political garbage Strong is going to have to put up with.

  10. thraiderskin says: Jan 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    Why does CFT insist on referring to Red McCombs as just some Texas booster, most of the readers on this site know who Red is.

  11. peddealer says: Jan 9, 2014 6:59 PM

    Say my nigga, why yall Texas boy zzz be being all racist n shit dawg… This ain’t no 1800 hundeds playa

  12. thefiesty1 says: Jan 9, 2014 7:38 PM

    Kissing up to a big booster is not the way to start your career at Texas. He should have told McCombs to take a flying leap.

  13. apkyletexas says: Jan 9, 2014 11:46 PM

    Red McCombs gave John Lucas the head coaching job of the Spurs when he had no coaching experience and no other owner would touch him. He gave Denny Green his first head coaching gig with the Vikings. Those were two historic African American head coaching hires.

    McCombs is a diversity trailblazer. People shouldn’t be so quick to throw around racist labels. His problem was that be promised Gruden’s people that he might get the job, and then Patterson hired Strong without giving McCombs or Gruden even a courtesy call, so Red freaked out on the radio.

    This was about ego, not race.

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 10, 2014 1:06 AM

    Red McCombs sells a lot of cars, and throws a bunch of money at UT. They built him a statue and named the business college after him, and put his name on the side of the football stadium.

    When Red says that Challie might someday make a good coordinator, that means, “You aint white enough for me, boy.”

  15. steventimm says: Jan 10, 2014 1:31 AM

    Ever since 2008, race has become an issue. Sad. But true.

  16. normtide says: Jan 10, 2014 1:48 AM

    Gruden would be a horrible college coach. He wasn’t a great NFL coach. He is an offensive mind who inherited a great defense, and knew the raiders playbook. Check his record in the years after that. It’s become a cliche, we went Gruden!

  17. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 10, 2014 2:03 AM

    In the meantime, the mighty Longhorns have lost all of their 3 DLine commits, including 4* DT Zaycoven Henderson , who has now flipped to Texas A&M.

  18. v2the4 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:50 AM

    race has always been an issue in sports, especially in the hiring of coaches on any level, high school, college and pro.

    Red McCombs obviously heard all the of the negativity that his condescending statement about Charlie Strong produced on a national scale, and he probably heard from some people close to him how wrong he was and thus, he fell on his own sword and apologized to coach Strong.

    Strong was on the Paul Finebaum show today and said he spoke with McCombs earlier on Thursday and McCombs apologized and Strong told him the door to the program was open and thanked him for everything he has done and will continue to do for the University of Texas.

    While Strong has his doubters, he can prove them wrong by doing what he does best, recruit young men to UT, mold them, develop them, win 10 plus games a year, and most of all,

    do not have a five game losing streak to OU with two of them being 50 point blowout losses…

    #hookem
    #texasstrong

  19. v2the4 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:31 AM

    Henderson and the other two players who decommitted from UT “claim” they will attend other schools because the DL coach Bo Davis decided to take the same position at USC before Charlie Strong had a chance to convince him to stay.

    Strong cant bring his DL come from Louisville to Austin because he has a show clause penalty for two years related to the Miami/Nevin Shapiro pay for play scandal, so this will be a tough pill to swallow….

    on another note, what would have happened had Strong kept Davis, and then Davis left a year from now? would the players want to transfer out because their position coach isn’t there? You have to commit to the institution, not a coach.

  20. texizz says: Jan 10, 2014 7:32 AM

    Players that de commit have every right to do so, however, they are saying more about themselves than the organization they have left! We are now the Texas Stronghorns and we like our chances!

  21. jaykray says: Jan 12, 2014 7:06 PM

    @apkyletexas

    Red McCombs did not give Denny Green his first head coaching gig with the Vikings. That was the previous owners. He inherited Green as a coach and then ran him out of the organization.

    He is, however, the guy who gave Mike Tice his first head coaching gig with the Vikings… so he has that going for him.

    He also traded Randy Moss months before the new ownership took over, even though Wilf specifically told him not to, that he wanted to have Moss on the team when he purchased them.

    He is also the one who did not want to pay for the upgrade in AC units at the Vikings facility, so they went without air conditioning while he was owner.

    The guy made his money selling used cars. He should stick to that as he has shown that he knows nothing about sports.

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