BS: From my count, there have been nine players dismissed from the team since Charlie Strong has taken over. Are many of these notable players or was Strong just pulling out some bad weeds?
Oct 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong on the sidelines against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River showdown at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
JK: Most of the players were notable. The offense was really hit hard by the dismissals, and it has shown this season. Joe Bergeron, Kennedy Estelle, Chevoski Collins, Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were all expected to contribute.
The thing is, the players that were dismissed had every chance to stay on the team. By now, everyone has heard of Strong’s core values. All he asks of his players is that they work hard on the practice field, in the classroom, and abide by his core values. Nine players couldn’t, and they were shown the door.
Most Texas fans have been happy with the decisions he has made. Change was needed. Athletes around campus have developed a sense of entitlement. Some players think because they wear the University of Texas uniform, that alone is good enough. Strong expects so much more out of his athletes. It is a culture change. No doubt about it.