I am a college football fan, so I did watch at a distance over the past few years as Mack Brown’s teams slowly slipped off the national radar.
It’s no secret that Brown was fairly soft when it came to disciplining his players.
He rarely cracked the whip, instead choosing to have the players over to his house to have what many might call a “heart-to-heart conversation.”
That style worked when he had players who held themselves accountable and had locker-room leaders who made sure that players didn’t stray off onto a wayward path.
If there’s one coach who you could say is the polar opposite of Brown, it’s Charlie Strong.
Strong isn’t afraid to discipline his players. He isn’t afraid to be a leader. He isn’t afraid to hold his players accountable for their actions.
That was abundantly clear last week when he suspended two players who are accused of sexual assault and kicked four players off the team for violating team rules.
With the four dismissals, that brings the total to six since Strong took over the program.
That number alone speaks volumes about the culture that was under Brown.
Strong is cleaning up a mess that Brown left behind when he stepped down.
Some Longhorn fans still feel a loyalty to Brown and still support him to this day.
That support needs to evaporate now.
The evidence is clear and convincing—Brown had no control of his players and no control of the program.
It won’t be that way under Strong.
Strong is, for lack of a better term, a strong leader who will guide the program in the right direction and ensure that UT returns to its perch as one of the premier programs in the nation.
Gone are the days of juice bars in the locker room and fireside chats about a player’s behavior after another arrest.
In are the days of accountability, hard work, dedication and perseverance.
I might not bleed burnt orange or have the Longhorn logo tattooed across my chest, but I’m certainly glad to see someone at the helm of the UT program who believes in doing the right thing and being accountable.
Texas needed a strong leader with a strong personality and dedication.
It got one in Strong.