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Disciplinary actions at Texas are helping recruiting

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Charlie Strong had many challenges facing him when he took over as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. The biggest of which was relating to high school coaches in the state of Texas after they became accustomed to the ways of Mack Brown over the past 16 years.

Strong’s recent disciplinary action — he suspended or dismissed six players last week, including two potential starters — wasn’t seen as a negative around the state. Strong is establishing a new culture in Texas, and high school coaches are taking notice.

“The high school coaches I’ve spoken with say they want to send players to a place where is sound discipline,” Daron Roberts, a Texas graduate who will coach at the high school level this season, told Bleacher Report’s Ben Kercheval. “Everyone knows that Strong means what he says.”

The high school coaches don’t just want their athletes to play for the University of Texas. They want them to become better men under the supervision of Strong.

“We’re in the development business,” Todd Moebes, the head football coach at Abilene Cooper High School, told Kercheval. “We want to make our players better citizens in society, but you also have to look at how that affects the program. I admire him.”

Strong is quickly setting the tone within his program and changing expectations around the state. And it’s working.

Texas currently ranks 20th overall in’s 2015 class rankings. The program didn’t rank in the Top 20 during Brown’s last full recruiting cycle. The team finished 24th. And the Longhorns received a pair of verbal commitments from wide receiver John Burt (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin (Houston/Cypress Falls) since the suspensions.

It will take time for Strong and his staff to fully ingratiate themselves into recruiting the state of Texas, but the coach has certainly set the right tone early in his tenure.

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32 Responses to “Disciplinary actions at Texas are helping recruiting”
  1. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 29, 2014 4:20 PM

    Patrick Vahe has been committed for over a year.


  2. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 29, 2014 4:31 PM

    It’s refreshing to hear at least one coach is tired of badly-behaving athletes. Now only if other schools would do the same these kids would realize they need to keep out of trouble and stop punching women.

  3. tgaustin says: Jul 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    While a Tallahassee product, Texas also landed WR John Burt this week.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 29, 2014 4:39 PM

    Texas’ recruiting class was ranked #2 in 2012.


  5. jfrank1034 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:40 PM

    Yes, as mentioned, Patrick Vahe has been committed for awhile now. Florida WR John Burt committed Sunday and Lampkin committed Monday

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:50 PM

    Good for Strong. Keep up the good work. The players and recruits are starting to pay attention now.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 29, 2014 5:10 PM

    I will wait and see how random searches of dorm rooms will play out for those blue chip recruits.

    3 more horns released again today:

    Dajae Johnson
    Desmond Harrison
    Kennedy Estelle

  8. Hard On For Harden says: Jul 29, 2014 5:12 PM


    Brown’s last full recruiting cycle was in 2013 and ranked 24. So I guess that makes your fail one of the epic variety? I’m not down with all the popular lingo these days, but I’m definitely trying so I can fit in.

  9. Hard On For Harden says: Jul 29, 2014 5:15 PM

    Geez, people like you and goodfieldnohit seem to have more interest and knowledge of the program than an alum like myself. I read a couple years back you guys had made a move to the SEC perpetual powerhouse and had zero interest in the state of the Longhorns.

  10. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    I’m just here to kick dirt on you.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 29, 2014 5:24 PM

    My bad… I was wrong. Fail on me. 😦

    Misread that and was thinking of graduation cycle.


  12. tgaustin says: Jul 29, 2014 5:38 PM

    JFrank, you got the “re-do” on this article…they changed what they had originally wrote.

    I smell Aggie troll.

  13. ancientcougar says: Jul 29, 2014 7:22 PM

    No debutants for Texas.

  14. ancientcougar says: Jul 29, 2014 7:23 PM

    Strong is not interested in Debutants

  15. jimhudson78666 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:21 PM

    All the thugs and bums that don’t go to Texas will be snapped up by LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M!

    Texas has needed this discipline for years, Mac was playing the kindly Grandfather while the grandkids did whatever they wanted including Losing! Hook ’em Horns!!!

  16. cubano76 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:22 PM

    Coach Strong has me a bit nervous when posting about Texas now. I don’t want him to suspend me either. He’s not playing.

  17. dcboltsfan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:04 PM

    goodfieldnohit says: Jul 29, 2014 5:10 PM
    3 more horns released again today:

    Dajae Johnson
    Desmond Harrison
    Kennedy Estelle

    WRONG! Those 3 are on the THINNEST of THIN ice!

  18. studdmuffins says: Jul 30, 2014 1:53 AM

    Lot of trolls here. Mostly aggies who have an inferiority complex simply because they really are inferior!!!

  19. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 30, 2014 2:03 AM


    When Aggieieisiess are in the news, it’s cuz Rumlin has lost control of the program.

    When longhorns/rapists are in the news, it’s cuz Chollie is taking control of the program.

    4 rapes in 2 years for the horns, 9 guys dismissed since Friday. But if you were the media on this website, you would think it’s the Aggies that have the problem.

  20. longhornforever says: Jul 30, 2014 1:22 PM

    Name one alleged rapist convicted in court of law over the last two years.

  21. studdmuffins says: Jul 30, 2014 2:50 PM

    goodfield, to bad you do not know how to read or you would know that last years allegations were dropped because they were innocent. And you faggies have had nineteen arrests in the last two years compared to the Horns 5. Nice total, guess you should move to Russia now since you are the guilty until proven innocent type!!!

  22. coolhorn46 says: Aug 2, 2014 12:04 AM

    As a UT fan, I wouldn’t want to be the fan of a school nobody cared to hate on. That would mean your favorite school hasn’t won enough to inspire envy or enmity.

    However, as a UT fan, I also think our fanbase can be one of the most fickle ones anywhere. This time last year, scads of Longhorn fans were ready to tar and feather Mack Brown because of a perceived softness and laxness in the team. What you kept hearing was “a need for a culture change.”

    That culture change came the minute Mack got his walking papers, and Charlie Strong was hired to replace him. Strong came on campus with his five core principals, and a reputation for NOT suffering foolish player behavior at all. He brought his personal boogie-man, Coach Moorer, to run the S&C program, and just lately, he’s been kicking the players that don’t try to fit in to the curb.

    Now, some number of the fanbase that was calling for a culture change is bemoaning the loss of the “country club” atmosphere under everybody’s favorite grandfather figure, Mack Brown.

    You can’t have it both ways. The smoothie bar has been replaced by puke buckets, and Strong is getting this team in shape to play four quarters of football with aggression. They won’t win every game, but from this point, nobody is going to enjoy playing UT on the field, and the talk of the team being “soft” will get shelved once and for all.

    Strong will still have his critics. A small segment of the UT fanbase will never forgive him for not being Nick Saban. However, they’re gonna have to look a lot harder to find things to criticize Coach Strong over. He’s the right head coach at the right time for the University of Texas.

  23. dhardy8207 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:38 AM

    jimhudson78666 says:Jul 29, 2014 9:21 PM

    All the thugs and bums that don’t go to Texas will be snapped up by LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.


    Oh jimjim….

    Still jilted a little by that failed championship run of 2009 are ya? Your comment might have held merit if you had lefted BAMA out of it. See I just can’t see all your Billionaire boys trying to throw insane money to lure Saban if he ran a reject program…

  24. PokeSalad says: Aug 5, 2014 12:28 PM

    “Disciplinary actions” = making them go to class.

    That counts as Alcatraz for Texas players…

  25. studdmuffins says: Aug 5, 2014 10:32 PM

    Is that why Texas was number one in academic compliance? When you make statements base on like that you only show how ignorant you are and not smart or clever like you incorrectly consider yourself!!!

  26. studdmuffins says: Aug 5, 2014 10:33 PM

    Poor jealous hate, you seem like the type who likes the thugs. To many of them handed you around, LOL???

  27. dhardy8207 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:19 PM

    LOL… Now aren’t you a peach? Bless your heart, I had no hate in my comment at all for Jim, just stating fact.

    Typical immature male who can’t debate on facts just throwing unfounded insults like a child. With a name like “studdmuffins” you must be well versed on being “passed around”…

  28. studdmuffins says: Aug 6, 2014 8:48 PM

    Poor pathetic hater, you talk about thugs and bums but you are so ignorant when it comes out of your mouth you do not see it as name calling. And it is so funny to see that you are so ignorant that you have to regurgitate what I said to you, even the LOL in a desperate attempt to make yourself look smart or clever which for some odd reason you incorrectly seem to think you are. All you are doing is making yourself look more and more like the stupid girl trying to keep up with the boys when you really know absolutely nothing., And your stupidity also proves how much you have been passed around due to the fact that you obviously had your brains F***ed out. Probably by your brothers base on that rather grotesque picture you posted of yourself. Now spend a few hours and try, in vain, to think of a clever comeback that is not parroting what I just said to you. Poor ignorant troll and try to say something that is actually relevant or pertains to football or Texas, LMAOAAAAA!!!

  29. studdmuffins says: Aug 7, 2014 10:43 PM

    See you are from Alabama, that explains everything, LOL!!!

  30. studdmuffins says: Aug 8, 2014 2:17 PM

    Texas owns bama 7-1-1 and the SEC 34-17-2. Just trolling a Texas story because you have an inferiority complex simply because you really are inferior, LOL!!!

  31. dhardy8207 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:39 AM

    Lets talk about stupidity shall we: First you responded to a comment to JIM…NOT YOU… that had nothing insulting to him. You must have bet some of the farm on that NCG and still pissed. Get over it…. Despite the record against UA that you posted we still won the last game that mattered. Your reference to me of a “girl” shows that backwards ass mentality you have since you can’t manage to participate in intellectual conversation with other posters. You want to lecture me about regurgitation, lets look at the example of you posting the same bull shit on every thread.


    studdmuffins says;
    August 4, 2014 1:37 am
    “When you make a statement like that you are only showing everyone here how ignorant you are and not smart or clever like you incorrectly seem to consider yourself! Strong has had more success then any or all of the people you mentioned combined. So keep it up all you are doing is showing what a jealous hater you are and your knowledge of the game of football is underwhelming us all!!!”

  32. studdmuffins says: Aug 15, 2014 4:45 PM

    Yes let’s talk about stupidity. I did not respond to Jim, I responded to you. But whoever reads to you and writes for you is almost as illiterate as you are, LOL Must be nice to be from the 4th dumbest and 7th most miserable state, so you can act like you think you are smart. When in reality you are a mental midget. Now go back and play with the girls and get ready for the train your are going to pull on the motorcycle club tonight, LOL. Posting two comments to one of mine only makes you look even more desperate and not smart or clever like for some unfathomable reason you seem to think you are. And remember we are all laughing at you at not with you, there is a big difference. Even though we cut you some slack because you are a loser troll from bama, even you are making your state, your school and all the fans look bad. And that is very hard to do. And remember we own your punk butts 7-1-1 kind of like the motorcycle club owns your skank butt, LMFAOAAAAA!!!

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