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Texas Introduces Coach Charlie Strong

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

The University of Texas' new head coach Charlie Strong received a warm Texas welcome on a cold Monday afternoon in Austin.

Traditionally, Strong breaks the mold. He becomes the first African-American head coach of any men's sport in Texas history.

"I don't ever want to look at is as I'm a first," Strong said. "I want to look at it as I'm a coach and that's the way I wanted to be treated."

President Bill Powers said out of all the candidates who were considered, Strong was his first choice to take over the program.

"We got the right person," Powers said. "Character, toughness, and everything you look for in a coach. It is a very historic day."

It was historic because the numbers do not lie. Out of the 125 Division I football coaches, 12 are African-American.

"What you need to think about is all the African-American coaches that you are representing right now who did not get the chance that you're getting and that's all that needed to be said," Strong said.

In the end, it is not race that makes or breaks coaches; instead it is wins and losses.

"It's all about championships at the end," Strong said.

In only four years as head coach, Strong has proven himself worthy of running a major college football program. He transformed Louisville into the powerhouse that it is today, and he said while he is at UT he plans to build on the premier program that Mack Brown is leaving behind.

"I want our players to understand this; you're here to get a degree. When you get a degree you will always have options in life," Strong said. "Number two; let's go win football games lets go win championships. Number three; I want to make sure [players] leave here a better person when they came into this university."

By Cassie Gallo

Texas Introduces Coach Charlie Strong


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Scores & Schedules

January 26, 2015 08:11 GMT

NFL

Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25 At Glendale, Ariz.

Team Irvin 32, Team Carter 28

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 At Glendale, Ariz.

New England vs. Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (NBC)

NBA

Sunday's Games

Miami 96, Chicago 84

Cleveland 108, Oklahoma City 98

L.A. Clippers 120, Phoenix 100

New Orleans 109, Dallas 106

Atlanta 112, Minnesota 100

Indiana 106, Orlando 99

San Antonio 101, Milwaukee 95

Toronto 114, Detroit 110

Golden State 114, Boston 111

Washington 117, Denver 115, OT

Houston 99, L.A. Lakers 87

Monday's Games

Portland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Boston at Utah, 9 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Game

Team Toews 17, Team Foligno 12

Monday's Games

No games scheduled

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