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Charlie Strong says players must earn right to hook their horns

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Everything that is known about Charlie Strong is that he knows how to raise the bar when it comes to toughness. This is one of the biggest reasons Strong will likely be heading to a successful stay in Austin as the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Looking for a way to motivate his new program, Strong is making players walk to practices and preventing them from throwing up the traditional “hook ‘em horns” hand gesture.

“They’ll get it back one of these days,” Strong said in a story by ESPN.com.

As the Longhorns practice this spring, they no longer receive a free bus ride for the half-mile journey the practice fields. Players must walk the half mile on foot. No bikes and no scooters, it seems, are allowed. Walking a mile could end up improving the endurance of the players, so that’s a pretty interesting idea by Strong, although perhaps they will one day be rewarded with their bus trips if they show signs of improvement and hard work in practcies.

It is all a part of a master plan Strong has for the Longhorns. One of the reasons Strong is a good fit for Texas is because the football program was in need of a bit of a wake-up call. Texas lost their toughness over the final years of the Mack Brown era, and Strong is just the right guy to hit the reset button.

At this time it is unconfirmed if there is a punishment for a player throwing up the hook ‘em horns symbol, but given Strong’s determination to improve the program it would be wise for no player to dare to find out.

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22 Responses to “Charlie Strong says players must earn right to hook their horns”
  1. thekingdave says: Mar 26, 2014 1:30 PM

    This is awesome

  2. deucez2 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:43 PM

    That team needed a little tough love. Mack drifted to a more political role with donors over the past few years and left the team to the assistants. Strong lifts with the team at 5:30 am and challenges them face to face. Not as much time for schmoozing.

  3. psly2124 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    Clearly another coach who is drunk off of power. Where in his three years at Louisville did his team show any toughness. Strong will be gone in two years. He’s in way over his head at Texas. He will be scrutinized over every decision. Easily predictable when they start out bad and strong makes multiple errors in playcalling and clock management. He will then refer to his only play the race card. He will be outcoached each and every week.

  4. 11inthebox says: Mar 26, 2014 2:18 PM

    Wow. That last comment reeks of absolute misery.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 26, 2014 2:23 PM

    As an Aggie, I applaud a lot of the discipline that Strong seems to be instituting at Texas. I think the Texas football program had fed off the administration’s and alumni’s arrogant attitude for too long and started to expect everything to be given to them.

    Strong seems to be trying to turn that culture around, at least within the football program. And I personally think it should be commended.

    Now the brass at UT have to realize that this culture change doesn’t happen overnight and results may not be immediate. The year Bear Bryant took the Aggies to Junction, I think they won 1 game (not that I think the horns will be even close to that bad)…. they went undefeated and won a conference title and a Heisman within 2 years though….

  6. hayespanther31 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    The man can coach and will do very well at Texas. He knows how to produce talent.

  7. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 PM

    Charlie Strong is coming to Texas with a chip on his shoulder. He’s not an entitled coach, he’s taken lesser known programs and had them play in a BCS game.

    Nothing against Mack Brown, he did a great job at the University but there are times when a change of scenery is necessary.

    Strong is going to revamp the program and bring the right players in that embody the University and the tradition.

  8. meatcarroll says: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 PM

    This guy sounds like a badass. A refreshing change back to old school football.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    psly2124 says:
    Mar 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    Where in his three years at Louisville did his team show any toughness.
    __________________________

    Let’s see, Bridgewater led a comeback win against Rutgers with a broken wrist and a sprained ankle….

    Later that year the Cards went into New Orleans and beat a top 5 Florida team who had one of the best defenses in the country that year….

    Louisville also went to a bowl all 4 years he was there and went 3-1 in those games.

  10. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 26, 2014 4:34 PM

    It must be the off season.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:45 PM

    Yeah, and the half mile walk is all up hill to the practice bubble. Good for Strong. He’ll have their attention before August.

  12. coachbeck says: Mar 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    Is that up hill and in a foot of snow with then being in bare feet ? Lol

  13. honkerdawg says: Mar 26, 2014 7:16 PM

    Whe he takes Texas to a national championship game maybe then he’ll earn the right to hook them horns, meanwhile he’s just another expensive head coach

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 26, 2014 10:29 PM

    Reminds me of when Coach Dennis Franchione took the names off the back of jerseys at A&M.

    Fixed things right up, he did.

  15. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 26, 2014 10:43 PM

    thefiesty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:45 PM

    “Yeah, and the half mile walk is all up hill to the practice bubble. Good for Strong. ”

    A whole extra half mile. 800 yards.

    —————————

    I live in Austin, there are coeds that RUN that hill every day. I sure hope your team gets into good enough condition that they might be able to run that 800 yards like the girls do.

    That will surely make men of them all.

    And don’t call me Shirley.

  16. chiadam says: Mar 26, 2014 11:50 PM

    Stupid and pointless. Walking to practice and not being allowed to do hand gestures have no impact on winning a championship. It’s meathead stuff.

  17. addict2sport says: Mar 27, 2014 9:27 AM

    Sounds like bullying to me. Where are all the anti-bullying protesters when you need them? The Longhorn players should form a Union to get their bus rides and hand gestures back.

  18. tejaseric says: Mar 27, 2014 11:24 AM

    psly2124 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    Clearly another coach who is drunk off of power. Where in his three years at Louisville did his team show any toughness. Strong will be gone in two years. He’s in way over his head at Texas. He will be scrutinized over every decision. Easily predictable when they start out bad and strong makes multiple errors in playcalling and clock management. He will then refer to his only play the race card. He will be outcoached each and every week.

    —–

    Comments like this are what happens when people are both stupid and misinformed. Any credible look at Coach Strong’s past shows he is ready for this. You probably think Mack was treated poorly and deserved another three years to really run the program into the ground.

    Get a life and go back to your OU or Aggie blog.

  19. peddealer says: Mar 28, 2014 12:48 PM

    Did he keep Mad Dog madden?

    I hope he did

  20. scbaby2013 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:43 PM

    I’m not a Texas fan but I think That’s ridiculous. Hook em is part of being a long horn and part of being a UT student

  21. ancientcougar says: Mar 29, 2014 11:43 AM

    I said at the very beginning that Strong would put some fire under TU’s Football Debutantes and it looks like I was right….The Hook em sign should be earned at every level of the school experience…While many Texas supporters show the sign; unless they have actually been to the school and succeeded, the sign cannot mean as much to them as it would to a Texas Graduate, who has put the years and the grind to achieve that degree.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 31, 2014 1:04 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Mar 26, 2014 10:29 PM

    Reminds me of when Coach Dennis Franchione took the names off the back of jerseys at A&M.

    Fixed things right up, he did.
    _________________________

    Or when Parcells took the stars off the Cowgirls’ helmets…

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