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Strong message at Texas; RB Bergeron is gone

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If there was one thing the Texas football program needed, it was a focus on discipline and getting a toughness back. That is what makes head coach Charlie Strong a terrific hire for the program after cutting ties with Mack Brown. Strong’s message to the team was put on display once more Friday morning with news of senior running back Joe Bergeron being dismissed from the roster.

Bergeron is the seventh player to be booted from the Texas football program since Strong arrived on his saddle in Austin. That number has skyrocketed in the past week with four others being dismissed this week. Running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive end Chevoski Collins were also dismissed by the program on Thursday for various violations, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrell Meander were also suspended by Strong on Thursday as a legal situation stemming from an alleged sexual assault.

Bergeron had been sent home from spring practice earlier this year, so seeing Strong come to this decision may not be quite a shock, although the head coach did sing the praises of the running back during a spring tour. Strong has said from day one as the Texas head coach he needed to make some changes to overhaul what could be a sleeping giant of a program at this point. Strong has always been focused on discipline and he does not waste time coddling players, which is a little bit of the dose of reality seemingly needed in Austin.

Bergeron was third on the team in rushing in 2013, accumulating 362 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 13 games.

Don’t mess with Texas? Don’t mess with Strong, that much is for sure.

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32 Responses to “Strong message at Texas; RB Bergeron is gone”
  1. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 25, 2014 12:16 PM

    The message Strong is sending:

    “You break rules, you’re gone. Unless you’re a starter. Then we’ll might just suspend you.”

  2. ancientcougar says: Jul 25, 2014 12:25 PM

    Those Debutants up there are getting a dose of the “Smarts”

  3. deucez2 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:05 PM

    @mikefoxtrottango

    Really? The two accused of the assault were removed from the team and all team activities until they get due process from the legal system. If they’re guilty, then they’ll never take another class at Texas.

    There is a slight (I said slight) chance that they’ve been wrongly accused. That’s happened many times before to other players.

    Same reason we don’t throw people in jail for good after they get arrested.

    Strong has a firm moral compass, you suggesting otherwise is baseless.

  4. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 25, 2014 1:17 PM

    Yes, really…

    Guilty or not, since when is double-teaming a young college girl (with or without her consent) considered “treating women with respect?”

    I hope you don’t have a daughter.

  5. irishlad19 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:19 PM

    It certainly is opening up scholarship room for bringing in his own recruits!

  6. be4bama says: Jul 25, 2014 1:29 PM

    Soon to be an Auburn Tiger

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2014 2:03 PM

    They just lost another one too… safety Josh Turner…. That makes 6 in 2 days.

    At some point it stops being a message and starts being a problem.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:13 PM

    Bergeron must not have cleaned up his act from his dismissal during spring practice. These boys are learning the hard way. Apparently Its going to take a few causaulties for the remainder to get the message.

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 25, 2014 2:28 PM

    Good to see at least one coach who is trying to put his foot down on stupidity. I’m guessing all those guys will be in the SEC next year and most of them at Auburn.

  10. tgaustin says: Jul 25, 2014 2:30 PM

    7 players actually(Kendal Thompson is also gone) and I freaking love it!! He told everyone going in the way it was going to be…he’s a man of his word. Sanders and Meander are gone too whether they are found guilty or not.

  11. sportsdrenched says: Jul 25, 2014 2:36 PM

    As a K-State fan I think I might like Mack Brown better than Charlie Strong.

  12. tgaustin says: Jul 25, 2014 3:00 PM

    Kendall Thompson left the team for medical reasons in the latest update.

  13. studdmuffins says: Jul 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    mikefoxtrot, you are an idiot and really need to learn how to read!!!

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 25, 2014 3:45 PM

    Why did Strong wait until after Big12 Media Days had ended?

    Surely he knew these players were already going to be dismissed. Seems a bit disingenuous.

  15. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 25, 2014 3:59 PM

    Meh.

    Heard Strong speak, and he doesn’t sound like a rocket surgeon.

    I’m betting he gets outcoached by Stoops,Briles, Patterson and the silver fox on a regular basis.

  16. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 25, 2014 5:03 PM

    Come to think of it, didn’t he and Urban run a halfway house when they were at Florida?

  17. pawloosa says: Jul 25, 2014 5:37 PM

    At least the race card has not been played from all the dismisses

  18. irishlad19 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:52 PM

    See this week’s SI story about Strong; impressive track record, strong supporter network in the coaching fraternity.
    Will be interesting to see if he turns Texas around, will put a plug in the mouths of racist UT fans won’t it!

  19. longhornforever says: Jul 25, 2014 6:02 PM

    The entire culture of the Longhorn football program was desperate for changes that would build discipline, and cohesiveness. There’s no doubt Mr. Strong will bring that metric to the program. His actions were inevitable. Some individuals on that team obviously didn’t listen very carefully to the head coach when he informed them of his rules. I’m already proud of him. I’m quite certain he’ll bring winning ways, and a junk-yard tough attitude to Texas – something that’s been missing for decades.

  20. irishlad19 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:03 PM

    Charlie read the book for incoming CEOs–”Make your changes quickly, you don’t get a lot of time to turn it around”.
    They will be undermanned and struggle this season, but will be able to offer incoming freshman next year an opportunity to make an impact quickly.

  21. godsholytrousers says: Jul 25, 2014 7:31 PM

    Strong is going to be fighting uphill for his entire career at UT. From the debacle of Red McCombs after his hiring to the fundamental transformation of the “family” atmosphere fostered by Mack Brown, to the terminal intrusions of the celebrity wannabe jock sniffers (alright, alright, alright), he will be pushed and pulled to compromise any sense of honor and integrity. After all “We are THE University”…

    If he survives (a very big if) it will be a miracle. The only good news is that the Federal Courts have mandated that only 75% of the incoming freshman need to qualify on their own academic merits. The rest can qualify by playing football.

  22. irishdodger says: Jul 25, 2014 7:56 PM

    Great article on Strong in SI this week. Anyone know what he has in common w/ the following current/former CFB HCs?

    Bear Bryant
    Barry Switzer
    Fred Akers
    Houston Nutt
    Ken Hatfield
    Tommy Tuberville
    Gus Malzahn
    Pat Jones
    Larry Lacewell

  23. howleyesque says: Jul 25, 2014 8:07 PM

    Good for him! It’s time someone told the “alumni associations” these arrogant chowderheads need to keep their act together and their noses clean!

  24. rabbitrunnin says: Jul 25, 2014 8:17 PM

    @ mikefox

    Josh Turner, who was dismissed from the team today, was a starter, at a need position. Your argument that Strong is picking punishments according to how badly he needs a particular player does not hold water.

    In all likelihood, the two receivers who ALLEGEDLY did this dastardly act — one starter, the other the only deep threat in the pipeline on the current roster — will never play another down at the University of Texas.

    In all, six players have been kicked off the team in the past week. Four for flunking drug tests. All were guys who’d played, some serious minutes, and all were to be contributors this year. Texas now has ONE healthy running back who’s taken a college snap.

    I know it’s hard to see from your high horse, but Charlie Strong is rebuilding this team the right way and injecting some much-needed discipline. Everyone in this board knows college football is rife with players getting away with mistreating women — remind me who won the Heisman last year? — and doing drugs — remind me who won the Heisman the year before that? I challenge you to find another coach who’d have done what Charlie Strong just did.

    PS, I also have a daughter. Don’t play that card.

    I’m damn proud of Charlie Strong. I hope he keeps it up cause he’s gaining more fans — and haters — every day.

  25. uknowimright1 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:23 PM

    Year in & year out, by FAR the so-called “power” football program that does the LEAST with the most…what a disgrace. If TX Tech had HALF of the Madcows defensive recruits, they would win the conference every other year! What a waste of talent…

  26. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 25, 2014 8:43 PM

    Wouldn’t it just be easier to list the guys who haven’t been suspended or dismissed?

  27. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 25, 2014 8:45 PM

    At least he dismissed someone. Look at what that little Jackie Sherill junior did at Texas Tech. Like we need more dirtbags emulating Urban Meyer’s tactics.

  28. uknowimright1 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:53 PM

    WTF are you talking about dude?? NOBODY broke the LAW @ TX Tech u FOOL…NOBODY was arrested u FOOL!!

  29. uknowimright1 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:57 PM

    Either way, TTs Bethel was CLEARED by a GRAND JURY & REINSTATED u FOOL!!

  30. jjgautreaux says: Jul 27, 2014 12:42 AM

    Basically, if you can’t play you’re expendable. Shorthorns are not news anymore.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 28, 2014 3:51 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jul 25, 2014 3:45 PM

    Why did Strong wait until after Big12 Media Days had ended?

    Surely he knew these players were already going to be dismissed. Seems a bit disingenuous.
    _________________________

    It’s possible that he got a bunch of drug test results back at the same time and just let loose a bunch of guys at once. Not sure, but seems like a likely scenario.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 4:51 PM

    Looks like Josh Turner is back on the team….

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