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Red McCombs Speaks Out Against Texas Hiring Charlie Strong

The soap opera that is the University of Texas football program continued Tuesday.

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A major University of Texas donor and booster is not happy with the hiring of Charlie Strong (pictured) to take over UT Football. Red McCombs, former owner of the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings, appeared on ESPN 1250 in San Antonio to complain about the hiring.

McCombs wasn’t happy about boosters not being able to provide input to new UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson concerning the hiring, “I think it’s a kick in the face. Beyond the fact of what actually happened, we have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game.”

McCombs went on to say that new Patterson hired the wrong coach for the Longhorns and that Strong would be a good position coach or coordinator.. He wanted ESPN analyst Jon Gruden to be hired instead of Strong.

You can find a link to the podcast on this page at the ESPN 1250 site.

McCombs later said in the interview he would support Strong and wished him well when they spoke by phone Sunday night.

Charlie Strong was lured away from Louisville to take over Texas after Mack Brown stepped down in December.

Information from the Associated Press used in this report

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