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.”
Some news here: Texas coach Charlie Strong says OT Desmond Harrison, WR Daje Johnson and S Josh Turner, are suspended, will miss games.
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 3, 2014
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.
FYI, Strong confirms RB Joe Bergeron, RB Jalen Overstreet and DB Chevoski Collins dismissed and released from scholarship. — Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 3, 2014
Charlie Strong said WRs Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were charged with sexual assault, have been dismissed from the team.
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) August 3, 2014
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.