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Longhorns camp opens with more dismissal and suspension news

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As Texas opens fall camp, new head coach Charlie Strong took some time to confirm the latest decisions regarding player suspensions and dismissals that have been thrown under a spotlight in recent weeks. Strong formally announced the suspensions of offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner, but did not reveal how much time will be taken away from them except to say they “will miss games.”

Turner had been previously thought to have been dismissed but ultimately remained with the program before following through on a potential transfer. Bergeron’s dismissal came in late July. Strong then confirmed some dismissal news that had previously been reported. Running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins have all been released from scholarships. In addition, wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were once again confirmed to have been released from their scholarships by Texas, following a sexual assault investigation. the two receivers were initially suspended by the team.

Strong’s tough approach to discipline has been praised by Texas president Bill Powers and is having an overall positive impact on the future of the Longhorns football program. Texas needed a bit of a kick in the butt as a football program, and Strong continues to deliver it with a steel-toe boot.

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19 Responses to “Longhorns camp opens with more dismissal and suspension news”
  1. phinfanatic84 says: Aug 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    Wow… Charlie Strong is going all Al Golden on the Texas roster. Good to see a coach change the culture of his team by holding players accountable and dismissing the players who don’t represent the University in a good light (sexual assaults on a college campus can’t be tolerated by any student..let alone a student on a full scholarship).

  2. studdmuffins says: Aug 3, 2014 3:08 PM

    Charlie Strong is the right man for the job. Nice to see him setting the bar so high compared to so many schools that coddle their players when they do something wrong. Texas Strong!!!

  3. boys3rsk says: Aug 3, 2014 3:16 PM

    Yes and when they lose a few games, they will want him fired. Charley will turn the program around, but he needs two to three years to do it. He is cleaning out all the garbage now. I beleve the fans will yell, when he doesn’t win 9-10 games, but he knows what he is doing.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 3, 2014 3:35 PM

    This is Dajae Johnson’s FOURTH suspension at UT.

    But this time, the coaches really really really really mean it.

  5. irishlad19 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:54 PM

    So how many slots will he have for recruits next year?
    He’ll be fielding a team of freshmen and sophomores in a couple of years, unless he finds a bunch of Juco transfers.

  6. thekatman says: Aug 3, 2014 4:01 PM

    THis is not just a Texas problem. Whatever happened to Notre Dame when that girl was raped, then killed herself over it, because ND hid the case and the football player was free to roam around the football field? What about the kid who died when the camera lift toppled over, because Kelly want video footage of the day’s practice, knowing the windstorm was dangerous to the safety of everyone?

    What about all the drug use that is hidden by the campus police? Oregon busts a kid about every weekend.

    The NCAA should just deal with student athletics for the smaller conferences. The major conferences should dissolve their football and basketball relationship and create their own organization, and monitor the schools, and be reasonable, fair and stiff with the penalties for breaking the rules.

    The NCAA is not doing their job effectively, nor with fairness and accuracy.

  7. 13datsyuk13 says: Aug 3, 2014 4:44 PM

    I don’t think anybody will want Strong fired if he doesn’t produce for a few years. I loved Mack Brown but was tired of seeing his teams lose. If in 3 years Texas hasn’t been to a bowl game or beaten Oklahoma I will be leading the charge with to remove Strong. However, I feel great about the current direction of the program. I also really appreciate a disciplined team and Texas had lost that under Mack. As far as I’m concerned keep cutting players until they start to listen. Next years recruits are going to love the opportunity to play early at the states best program.

  8. dcroz says: Aug 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    When Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, he found an Alabama team filled with players that had been allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted under former coach Mike Shula, who was more interested in being a big brother or friend to his charges than being their leader and teacher. The height of this lunacy took place in the 2006 offseason when one player was arrested for possession of marijuana and a gun in his car, and when asked by a reporter what he thought his punishment would be said, “Oh, they’ll give me an ice cream cone.” He was suspended for one game…against Duke three weeks into the season when he wasn’t needed in the first place. Before and during that 2007 season under Saban, players were suspended or dismissed on an almost-daily basis, including a number of first-stringers that had been the best players of 2006. The Tide paid for it in little depth that led to losing the last four games of the regular season as the team ran out of gas (including the 21-14 embarrassment to Louisiana-Monroe) and barely beat a bad Colorado team in the Independence Bowl to salvage a 7-6 year. One year later, the Tide went 12-0 in the regular season and became the first team ever to go from unranked to #1 within a single season in the AP poll. The year after that, Alabama won the first of three national titles over the next four years.

    Why all the ‘Bama talk? Because Texas finds itself in the same situation, a team that has lots of talent but had little direction the last few years under Mack Brown. Like Saban did, Strong has a huge mess to clean up and needs the cooperation of all associated with program to do so; he appears to be getting that so far. Texas has too great a tradition and too many resources to be down for long. If Strong is allowed to cut the deadwood out of the program and bring in those who can make him and the team successful, then the Longhorns will be finding themselves in the National Championship Playoff discussion on a yearly basis very quickly.

    If he gets too much interference…well, there’s likely to be an opening in Gainesville soon, a place that Strong knows a lot about….

  9. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 3, 2014 8:04 PM

    Wow goodfieldnohit, we should hire you as a compliance officer. It’s great to know that our fellow Aggies still possess such an in depth knowledge of our program, it keeps me from having to find out all the news on my own.

  10. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Dec 10, 2011 5:30 PM
    That makes me feel better. He lost THREE games against Rice and Tulsa.

    And his record as a whole?

    35-17 in Conference USA. How about that complete ass whipping against Southern Miss when everything was on the table for a BCS game?

    I have nothing personal against Sumlin. As a matter of fact, he’s been a coach at A&M already. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want him back. He’s part of the good old boy network, and was rammed down the throats of the rank and file season ticket holders by his buddy Jim Wilson, who is a newly appointed member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents.

    Just about everyone I know would have preferred Kirby Smart, Charlie Strong, Lee Fedora, Chris Petersen, Gus Malzahn, anyone BUT Sumlin.

    At least we get to pay more now, for the same offense we had last year.

  11. irishlad19 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:02 PM

    Thekatman:
    Never said it was just a Texas problem, calm down fella.
    Are you another ND Hater, ready to throw invective? Let’s get facts straight–there was no “rape” by an ND player in the very sad incident you referenced. No source ever claimed that. The two kids were making out, she said “no more”, he stopped, she subsequently got very upset, committed suicide a few days later.
    She was under treatment for emotional issues prior to coming to South Bend by her family’s admission. A full investigation by legal authorities found no evidence of any crime, just a real tragedy.
    The hoist collapse was another tragedy, no one person was found at fault as was acknowledged by the young man’s family. ND did pay an OSHA fine for allowing a dangerous situation to take place.The hoist had been used for years previously with no problems, the wind gust that took it down was a freak of nature incident, and Brian Kelly was heartbroken about the young man’s death.
    Let’s stick to football, not repeating false rumors. I think Texas is going to have a strong program in about three years and I hope the efforts to schedule an ND/Longhorn home and home series in four/five years are successful.
    Peace!

  12. thekatman says: Aug 3, 2014 10:03 PM

    @Irishlad… If you believe the tape and scaffold incidents has exonerated ND, how much money did ND spend defending their position and pay the family?

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 3, 2014 10:04 PM

    @Hard on for Harden

    You realize that Sumlin wasn’t the coach at UH when they lost to S. Miss in the CUSA CG… Right?

  14. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 4, 2014 12:37 AM

    Meaning the deal with A&M was already done and he mailed it in? That’s what the UH folks say. Either way, he coached the game.

  15. pinchegringo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:28 AM

    Cleaning house….or prepping his post season excuse for a 7-5 season? I bet the players deserve it and good to see some accountability, but strong isnt the answer…hes the franchione of A&M or kiffin of TN or weiss of ND, though strong horns hope i am wrong.

  16. studdmuffins says: Aug 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!!!

  17. ancientcougar says: Aug 4, 2014 10:12 AM

    I always thought there was a chance that Sumlin who had already inked a deal with A&M, passively threw that game with Southern Miss, by not yanking out the wide out who kept dropping balls and other visible non- moves that might have enhanced their chances. The motive, not having to compete with UH for athletes the next year.

  18. dhardy8207 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:09 AM

    The long term stability of a program should be the most important to the university and fans. As dcroz stated above; TIDE fans went through the abrupt changes of a new sherriff in town when Saban came on the scene. We had suffered through the horrible leadership of several panzy coaches before we got the one that cares about how the program is perceived in forms of leadership and how prepared these young men are in regards to maturity when they leave college.

    A lot of these young men didn’t receive the guidance and stability necessary from their home life before arriving on campus and therefore need lots of mentoring and “tough love”. We have our critics but I’m proud of the work Saban has done at UA and in the longterm UT fans will be just as proud of Strong. These coaches need to be respected for trying to correct issues these kids have had well before graduating from high school. Too many parents these days are just waiting till their young men get old enough to be out of their hair and not concerned with the type of individual they’ll become.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 9, 2014 6:47 PM

    Irishlad,

    Notre Dame never investigated the Lizzy Seeberg
    sexual assault. True, they dispatched private investigators to Lizzy Seeberg’s prior college to dig up dirt on a dead woman. They also provided pro bono, a high price plantiff’s attorney out of Chicago to be legal counsel to Prince Shembo who just happens to be a big time ND football supporter and alum. Explain how a football player can be represented by such high price legal talent, yet the average Notre Dame/St Mary’s student would never be extended the same privilege?

    Can you say a white wash?

    Explain how ND President John Jenkins never meets with Liz Seeberg’s parents at their request citing an on going investigation? Explain how to this day there has never been an official report submitted to the the Office of University Affairs at Notre Dame by the Notre Dame campus police?

    Care to explain why senior Notre Dame Administrators told reporters, “She was all over him.” if there was an ongoing investigation?

    Remember this is the same University that tried to sell Manti Teo’s story of a dead girlfriend to hype his failed Heisman run.

    Prince Shembo was never exonerated because Notre Dame white washed a criminal investigation to protect their brand, despite his pathetic exhibition on ESPN on
    February 28, 2014.

    Notre Dame is not innocent.

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