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Longhorns Open Preseason Camp

Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 12:36 AM CDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New Texas coach Charlie Strong opened his first Longhorns training camp with a tough message for his players: break the rules and there will be consequences.

Strong announced that three potential starters will miss at least one game for team rules violations and confirmed several other players had been dismissed.

Offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner all will miss at least one game for rules violations but will be allowed to practice. Strong said he hasn't decided yet if they will miss more than one game.

Texas opens the season Aug. 30 at home against North Texas. The Longhorns play BYU and UCLA the next two weeks in state.

Dismissed from the Longhorns and released from their scholarship were running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet, both of whom would have struggled for playing time in a crowded backfield, and safety Chevoski Collins. Bergeron had 1,392 career rushing yards with 25 touchdowns but shared carries with Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray last season as his role diminished.Strong wouldn't detail the rules violations other than to say the players broke the core values he stresses of honesty, treating women with respect, no guns and no drugs.

"You have 85 guys on scholarship. If 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can't the rest of them do it the right way?" Strong said. "They knew the first day I took the job, when I laid out the core values in that first team meeting, what the program is all about."

Strong also said wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were suspended in July after being arrested on rape charges, will not be allowed to return regardless of how their legal cases turn out. Both are scheduled for court appearances next week.

"They can't work their way back," Strong said.

Texas hired Strong away from Louisville to replace Mack Brown after 16 seasons and four straight years without a Big 12 title. He signed a 5-year contract worth more than $25 million.While player attrition can be a natural part of a coaching change, Strong said he didn't try to run anyone out of the program.

"We're not in the business of kicking young men out," Strong said. "The three that were dismissed were repeat offenders. It was constantly over and over and over. At some point, you have to do something."
Strong shrugged off the idea that the suspensions would hurt the Longhorns on the field. The roster still has plenty of talent, Strong said.

"It's not like because we suspended some guys we're going to walk in without players," Strong said. "We have players, now it's about developing them."
David Ash starts training camp as the projected starter at quarterback despite missing most of last season with concussion symptoms and part of spring with a broken bone in his foot. Strong said Ash has been cleared to fully participate in practice but that he's talked to Ash about trying to avoid tackles.Strong called his first seven months on the job exciting and enjoyable but that he's ready to put a team on the field."Now it's time to go build this football team," Strong saidLonghorns Open Preseason Camp


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Scores & Schedules

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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