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Texas Coach Charlie Strong: ‘I Didn’t Kick Them Off’ the Team

Charlie Strong answers questions during an NCAA college football news conference where he was introduced as the new Texas football coach, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Strong acknowledged the historical significance of being the school's first African-American head coach of a men's sport. He takes over for Mack Brown, who stepped down last month after 16 seasons. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Charlie Strong answers questions during an NCAA college football news conference where he was introduced as the new Texas football coach, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

 

(CBS Sports) – There was quite an overhaul of players on the Texas roster when Charlie Strong took over the program from Mack Brown last year. It seemed like every day there was a story about another Longhorn transferring or being kicked off the team.

Well, Charlie Strong wants you to know that nobody was kicked off the team. He said as much during a radio interview with CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney.

“I didn’t kick them off,” said Strong during his appearance on the program. “So much was said about, ‘He walks in here and he just starts getting rid of guys.’ I always look at it like this: With our coaching staff, we’ve provided you a chance to just get it right and just do what we ask you to do, and that’s what it came down to. Any time you take over a program, sometimes you’re going to be challenged. I’m one of those coaches where I make it about the players. I want them to always understand that I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they’re successful.

“Now, some people don’t want to hear the message, and then when they decide that they want to run their own program, then I tell them, ‘You know what? This may not be the place for you. There’s other schools that would love to have you, so I just think that’s probably where you need to go.’”

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