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Bob's Blog: Strong Language

Updated: Monday, January 6 2014, 06:43 PM CST

The hiring of Charlie Strong marks the first time in Texas Longhorns history an African-American will guide a men's program on the Forty Acres.  Of the all-time coaches in the three major sports – 28 in football, 23 in basketball and 12 in baseball – never once had a black man become head coach until now.



It's hard to believe, but it also reiterates a point Strong himself tried to make back in January of 2009.  Race is an issue when it comes to hiring a head coach.  For Strong, he believes his marriage plays a role too.



While defensive coordinator at Florida, Strong told reporters he thought his interracial marriage – his wife Vicki is white – played a role in why he hadn't landed a job.



The numbers don't lie.  Of the 125 FBS head coaches, only 12 are black.



This is part of a bigger point.  Some reporters have made it clear that they don't think Charlie Strong fits at Texas, not based on his race, but on his lack of desire to interact with the school, boosters and the media.  His personality has been described as guarded, and one writer went as far as to call him "a complete misfit for the spotlight that accompanies the Texas job".



If Charlie strong goes 12-1 next year and gets Texas into the four team playoff, but he doesn't sit down for a 1 on 1 with me or spend a little extra time chumming it up with alums the way Mack Brown did -- will anyone care?



Now flip it.



If Charlie Strong goes 6-6 next year, but doesn't sit down for a 1 on 1 with me or spend a little extra time chumming it up with alums the way Mack Brown did - will anyone care?



Charlie Strong's tenure won't be defined the way Mack Brown's was.  Brown resurrected a struggling program and turned it back into one of the country's best - on and off the field.  Strong's walking into a program that just needs a new voice, but not a new direction.



At the end of the day, neither race nor personality nor kindness will make or break Charlie Strong.



Wins and losses will.

Bob's Blog: Strong Language


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Scores & Schedules

October 19, 2014 07:10 GMT

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TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Saturday's Games

( 2) Florida State 31, ( 5) Notre Dame 27

( 3) Mississippi 34, Tennessee 3

West Virginia 41, ( 4) Baylor 27

( 7) Alabama 59, (21) Texas A-and-M 0

( 8) Michigan State 56, Indiana 17

( 9) Oregon 45, Washington 20

(10) Georgia 45, Arkansas 32

(14) Kansas State 31, (11) Oklahoma 30

(12) T-C-U 42, (15) Oklahoma State 9

(13) Ohio State 56, Rutgers 17

(17) Arizona State 26 (23) Stanford 10

(19) Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

(22) Southern California 56, Colorado 28

(24) Clemson 17, Boston College 13

(25) Marshall 45, Florida International 13

NFL

Saturday

No games scheduled

Sunday's Games

Seattle at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Miami at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Washington, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New Orleans at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

Monday's Game

Houston at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

Saturday's Games

Washington 2, Florida 1, SO

Boston 4, Buffalo 0

Montreal 3, Colorado 2

Ottawa 3, Columbus 2

Detroit 1, Toronto 0, OT

San Jose 4, New Jersey 2

Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Islanders 1

Philadelphia 6, Dallas 5, OT

Chicago 2, Nashville 1, OT

St. Louis 6, Arizona 1

Tampa Bay 4, Vancouver 2

Sunday's Games

Minnesota at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.

San Jose at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

MLS

Saturday's Games

Toronto FC 1, Montreal 1, tie

FC Dallas 1, Colorado 0

Philadelphia 2, Sporting Kansas City 1

D.C. United 2, Chicago 1

San Jose 0, Vancouver 0, tie

Sunday's Games

Columbus at New York, 3 p.m.

Seattle FC at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

Saturday's Games

Indiana 98, Dallas 93

Detroit 104, Atlanta 100

Philadelphia 95, Orlando 84

Miami 111, San Antonio 108, OT

Sacramento 91, Macabi Haifa 59

Denver 104, L.A. Clippers 93

Sunday's Games

Boston at Brooklyn, 3 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Oklahoma City at Tulsa, OK, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Golden State vs. Houston at Hidalgo, TX, 8 p.m.

Utah at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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