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  1. Usually when rich and famous people get divorced they try and keep their divorce proceedings confidential. That's because everyone has something to lose when divorce details go public. For instance, when Jimbo Fisher filed notice with his ex-wife Candi Fisher that he was going to depose former Florida Gator wide receiver Taylor Jacbs about his relationship with Jimbo's wife, that case settled in a hurry. But the divorce of one of Louisville's top boosters, Jonathan Blue, and his wife Tracy, has already turned into an ugly and contentious mess. Specifically, Jonathan, who sits on the Louisville board of trustees, wants to depose current Texas coach Charlie Strong about an alleged affair he believes his wife had with the former Louisville coach. Here's what has been requested in Jonathan Blue's recent court filing: Charlie Strong's cell phones for the purpose of downloading all text messages, all cell phone bills for Charlie Strong for the years 2012 to present, all gifts from Tracy Blue to Charlie Strong, including a Movado watch, shoes, clothing and jewelry, all notes, cards, emails and correspondence exchanged between the two, air travel records, hotel receipts, basically anything on earth that could help prove this affair happened. Uh oh. read more; http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/charlie-strong-may-have-had-affair-with-top-louisville-donor-s-wife-022216
  2. Read more: http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/longhorns-defensive-coordinator-vance-bedford-calls-out-fans-after-ticket-sales-slump-for-texas-opener.html/
  3. Here are a few quick-hitters from Dan McCarney’s press conference today. I will continue updating this file and will post video in the next couple of hours. – UNT will announce its starting quarterback some time this afternoon. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/08/dan-mccarney-press-conference-notes.html/
  4. “If they go the way we expected, we'd like to get them both in the game,” said head coach Charlie Strong, who reiterated that junior David Ash will get the start and is the main man under center for the Longhorns. “We're going to go with Ash. He's our starter. He's had an unbelievable camp and then we'd like to get the other one in if we can.” The other one is Swoopes, and with him being in the No. 2 spot it would be a huge plus if he can get some reps under his belt late in the game. Read more: http://texas.247sports.com/Bolt/If-all-goes-well-against-North-Texas-then-Swoopes-will-play-30571686
  5. Texas The Longhorns start the Charlie Strong Era by playing host to North Texas, a team that went 9-4 and won its bowl game. Strong and Mean Green coach Dan McCarney, who began his head coaching career at Iowa State, were on the staff at Florida when the Gators beat Oklahoma for the 2008 national championship. "From getting to know coach McCarney when we were together at Florida, I know his team will be very physical and won't beat themselves," Strong said. "Watching their games from last season, they just found a way to win. They'll be well prepared and focused. What they did last season, winning nine games and a bowl game, speaks volumes about the job he's doing there." Strong said that senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley is "day-to-day" after suffering a hamstring injury just under two weeks ago. Other than Shipley, Texas has two receivers that have productive game experience – juniors Marcus Johnson and Daje' Johnson. read more: http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209616886&DB_OEM_ID=10410
  6. On page 97 of the September issued Texas Monthly - "JC: But is it fair to expect UT to compete for a national championship every season? CS: You want to compete. And you'd like to go compete year in and year out. JC: I'll ask you a much narrower question then: Are you going to beat North Texas in your season opener on August 30th? CS: Oh . . . [laughs] Let's make sure I get my guys to camp on August 4 and get 'em going."
  7. For the Texas Longhorns, adapting to new head coach Charlie Strong‘s way of doing things could mean some temporary discomfort in 2014. And unfortunately for the Longhorns, there will be no easing into the college football season with the North Texas Mean Green coming to Austin in Week 1. Now, an upset is very unlikely. For all the challenges that might lay ahead for the Longhorns, they should easily best the Mean Green in the talent department. But that doesn’t mean that the Longhorns won’t be in for a game. The Mean Green are a team on the rise under head coach Dan McCarney. After winning eight games in the four years before he arrived, the Mean Green topped that number by a win in his first two season. Then, last year, the Mean Green won nine games. The season culminated in a 36-14 thrashing of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the Heart of Dallas Bowl that put North Texas on the national radar. Read more: http://www.rantsports.com/ncaa-football/2014/08/21/texas-longhorns-wont-get-an-easy-win-over-north-texas-mean-green/
  8. Question: There's some scuttlebutt that North Texas is going to beat Texas in their first game of the football season. What say you? Also, how disastrous would that be for Charlie Strong? Gosselin: I doubt that's the scuttlebutt in Austin. Maybe in Denton. I'll be attending and columnizing from that game, by the way. I think North Texas will be competitive with Texas. We saw how competitive the Mean Green could be a year ago at Georgia. But the schools from the power conferences tend to wear down the smaller schools with their depth in the second half of games. Texas has better players than North Texas, and the better players win most games. But Dan McCarney has it up and running at North Texas. Charlie Strong is trying to get the program up and running again at Texas. A loss to North Texas would rankle the Orangebloods to no end. But I'll go with the Longhorns in a closer-than-you'd-expect game. Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/headlines/20140811-gosselin-why-unt-texas-in-week-1-will-be-closer-than-you-expect.ece
  9. A relative majority of the Power Five conference coaches told ESPN that they favor a schedule consisting of only Power Five opponents. Of the 65 Power Five coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame, 46 percent (30 coaches) favored playing exclusively Power Five opponents while 35 percent (23 coaches) were opposed. About 18.5 percent (12 coaches) were undecided. The coaches, who were in Bristol, Connecticut, last month, were asked if they would favor all Power Five conferences playing their respective conference schedules and then scheduling all non-conference games against other Power Five teams. Because of the tougher schedules under this hypothetical scenario, teams would not be required to reach six wins to play in a bowl. The Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC coaches favored playing all Power Five opponents, while the ACC coaches were against it by a 6-4 margin with four coaches undecided. Big Ten coaches were divided: six each were for and against it with two undecided. Alabama coach Nick Saban said "fans want" Power Five teams playing exclusively Power Five opponents. "We need to be more concerned about the people who support the programs and the university and come and see the games," Saban said. "Those are the most important. But we never think about that." Read more: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11320309/majority-power-five-coaches-want-power-five-only-schedules
  10. Charlie Strong is changing the culture at Texas. We keep hearing that. But change the culture from what? What was the culture? I’ve spent hours talking to those inside the program when Mack Brown was the coach, and I can boil it down to this: Everything about accountability in the program changed after the loss to Alabama in the BCS title game of the 2009 season. From the time Mack Brown arrived at Texas in 1998, even as a CEO who delegated a lot to his coaching staff when it came to football, he was always side-by-side with his assistants and players. When something went horribly wrong in the form of a blowout loss to OU, etc., Mack would say, “I need to do better job” or “We, as coaches, need to do a better job.” Even though Mack had a reputation for coddling players, earning Texas a soft label, the Longhorns were usually always talented and showed resilience. Texas almost always bounced back after a loss. Mack's teams won close games. Ultimately, Texas went 69-9 from 2004-09, winning a national title, playing for another one, with victories in two other BCS bowl games. That reign made Texas the centerpiece of realignment in 2010 and caused ESPN to put up $300 million for 20 years and create the Longhorn Network. But the mindset of the entire Texas program changed after Texas’ crushing loss to Bama in the BCS title game. In 2010, Mack turned on his staff and ultimately his players. The result was confusion at the top, lack of accountability at the bottom and a steady creep of selfishness and entitlement inside the program. **** I’ve said this before, but Mack Brown was convinced Texas would have won that game if Colt McCoy hadn’t gotten hurt. I was standing there when Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com said to Mack after his post-game press conference that night, “Well, Mack, we’ll never know.” And Mack looked at Dodd with a glare and said, “It wouldn’t have been close.” After that, Mack went scorched earth on his assistants, especially his offensive assistants for not having a running game to fall back on against Alabama. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis and offensive line coach Mac McWhorter were set to join Tim Brewster at Minnesota, because things got so heated between Mack and the staff. Then Mack talked them into staying, but still told them to change the offense to feature a pro-style running attack (without the personnel to execute it). The overall tone of the conversation between Mack and his assistants basically changed at that point. They were no longer working side-by-side. Mack was now above them, dictating to them and showing a general lack of respect. Read more: http://texas.scout.com/story/1429468-why-did-ut-s-culture-need-changing?s=110
  11. Link to text: http://www.texassports.com/news/2014/8/3/FB_0803141633.aspx This post has been promoted to an article
  12. That list includes running back Joe Bergeron, defensive back Chevoski Collins and running back Jalen Overstreet. Also bounced from the program, Strong said Sunday, are receivers Montrel Meander and Kendall Sanders, who were charged with second-degree felony sexual assault in July. Two other players were dismissed last spring. Combined with the departure of linebacker Kendall Thompson, a senior who was shifted to a medical scholarship because of recurring injuries, the Longhorns 2014 roster looks a lot thinner at receiver, running back and defensive back than it did last month. A case could be made that Strongs team has enough concerns that Texas, an 8-5 squad last season, will be hard-pressed to retain its No. 24 ranking in the coaches preseason poll through its nonconference schedule of North Texas (9-4 last season), Brigham Young (8-5) and UCLA (10-3). The UNT game, in fact, could be a rude awakening for Texas new regime if oft-injured quarterback David Ash is not on top of his game in the Aug. 30 opener. Just dont try to sell that idea to Strong, who will not embrace lack of depth, in light of recent player departures, as an excuse for poor play in August and September. Its not like, because we suspended guys, were going to walk into this camp like we dont have anybody. We have players, Strong said. Now, its a matter of us developing them. Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/03/6015994/strong-optimistic-longhorns-can.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
  13. AUSTIN After dismissing seven players in his first seven months on the job, Charlie Strong will coach his opening game at Texas without three more potential starters. Offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner each will miss at least one game after breaking an unspecified team rule, Strong said Sunday. All three will be allowed to practice when preseason camp begins Monday, but will sit out the Longhorns Aug. 30 opener against North Texas and possibly more, Strong said. We have core values, Strong said. And we expect players to abide by them. Before Sunday, Strong already had dismissed fullback Chet Moss, defensive back Leroy Scott, tailback Joe Bergeron, defensive back Chevoski Collins and tailback Jalen Overstreet. Strong confirmed Sunday that Bergeron, Collins and Overstreet have been granted a release from their scholarships and can transfer anywhere they choose. Read more: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/longhorns/2014/08/ut-football-strong-suspends-three-more/#25599101=0
  14. Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of United States Special Operations Command, was named last week as the sole finalist to be the U.T.-System’s next chancellor. The regents were unanimous in their decision — a hopeful sign from a panel that has often been divided about the leadership at the state’s top university. Admiral McRaven’s hiring will be the first of two major changes. He will succeed Francisco Cigarroa as chancellor. And a player to be named later — there is not even a formal list yet — will be the next president of the system’s flagship, the University of Texas at Austin. William Powers, the current president, is leaving in June. (The University of Texas at Austin is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.) Those are not the only high-profile leadership changes at the university. Sports led the way, as it often does, with a changing of the guard at the top of the athletics department and, shortly after that, the arrival of Charlie Strong to replace the state government’s highest-paid employee, football coach Mack Brown. Mr. Strong’s players are in the middle of a culture shock: There is a new set of rules and no kidding about how serious it is. He not only suspended two players who had been charged with sexual assault — the N.F.L. might take a lesson there — but also dismissed several others for unspecified team rules violations. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/us/for-ex-seal-leader-a-new-mission-in-texas-education.html?_r=0
  15. Strong didnt go from Louisville to Austin to charm the media, glad-hand boosters or bluff about what kind of program he intends to run. We thought that all along, but we found out for real in the last 24 hours. During his time with the media here Tuesday, Strong said, You cant trust one another until you can trust yourself. The Longhorns are looking at themselves in the mirror right now, and if they dont like what they see, they can expect to be gone. And for those who stay, they may be building trust with fewer teammates than they expected to see next month. If there is an immediate football-related benefit to this weeding out of players before the Aug. 30 opener with North Texas, Mean Green coaches might not be sure who the heck to be studying on tape. Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/columnists/tim-cowlishaw/20140725-cowlishaw-this-was-perfect-time-for-longhorns-coach-charlie-strong-to-clean-house.ece
  16. Charlie Strong opens his eyes. It’s 4 a.m. He rises, dresses and, without caffeine, drives 20 minutes to the Texas football facility. On Mondays he runs south to downtown via Red River Street and returns on Guadalupe Street. On Tuesdays he heads through neighborhoods to the north. The routes vary each day, but the goal remains the same -- shave a few seconds off his time from the week before. He does not always succeed, but Strong still bangs out five miles at a nine-minute clip, straining to outrace some previous version of himself. He has done this for his entire career, through 14 coaching jobs at eight universities -- three decades spent pushing himself forward while running in loops. And yet even when he has reached his destination, Strong cannot help but do what he has always done, so he runs just as hard. Last winter, after going 23-3 during his final two seasons at Louisville, Strong landed what many consider the best coaching gig in the country, signing a five-year, $26 million deal at Texas. If everything is big in Texas, the task of reviving the football team is no exception. The Longhorns went 18-17 in the Big 12 under Mack Brown over the last four seasons; this year they didn’t have a player drafted by the NFL for the first time since 1937. And Strong’s hiring as the program’s first black coach carries with it a social significance that matches the breadth of his improbable journey. “Could you ever believe,” Strong confided to a friend recently, “that I ended up at Texas?” Sitting at a conference room table the size of a par-3 that’s adjacent to his office, the 53-year-old Strong has little interest in taking inventory of the hardships he’s endured or in dwelling on the issues of race that have dogged his past and bring significance to his present. Of his humble beginnings he says simply, “We came from nothing, but we still had enough. Everybody supported one another.” About the whispers that bias popped up every time he got passed over for a head coaching job: “I didn’t get hired because they didn’t feel like I was [the best] candidate for their position, but I think everybody wanted to make it about race.” Read more: http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/07/22/charlie-strong-texas-longhorns
  17. Just one day after he was cleared to return to full practices, David Ash was named the starting quarterback of the Texas Longhorns by first-year head coach Charlie Strong on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days, reports Taylor Gaspar of Rivals. Ash was the starting quarterback going into last season, but his campaign was cut short by a concussion. He played in only three games, throwing for 760 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions. After the season was complete, Ash was granted a medical redshirt. Read more: http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/07/22/texas-football-david-ash-starting-quarterback-charlie-strong
  18. DALLAS — Defensive end Cedric Reed, one of four Texas players who reportedly had dinner with an agent last spring, said Tuesday he’s no longer being investigated and expects to play in the Longhorns’ season opener against North Texas. “I’m cleared,” Reed said at Big 12 media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said he couldn’t divulge any details about possible suspensions. “It’s a compliance issue right now,” Strong said. “It’s an ongoing investigation and they’re trying to get it all worked out.” read more: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/longhorns/2014/07/ut-football-reed-says-hes-cleared-for-opener/#25297101=0
  19. Senior center Dom Espinosa is the only returning starter from last year's offensive line, so Texas will truly win or lose in the trenches this year. Espinosa will have to be an anchor for the more inexperienced line mates in 2014. Cedrick Flowers will probably get the left guard position, as he is the only returning guard with any real experience. On the other side, the competition is wide open between Redshirt freshmen Rami Hammad and Darius James, who were both highly touted coming out of high school and certainly have the talent to be great for the Longhorns. On the defensive side of the ball, Stefan Scrafield of Sports Day DFW says cornerback Quandre Diggs may be new defensive coordinator Vance Bedford's overall best player. - See more at: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/51923/20140716/ncaa-football-2014-predictions-texas-longhorns-play-strong-new-coach.htm#sthash.xaGEu17n.dpuf
  20. https://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11238688&categoryid=2378529
  21. Week 1: The University of North Texas Now that we’ve gone over what Texas is going to look like next year, it’s time to start talking Longhorn opponents. This series will examine Texas’ 2014 foes from the perspective of who they are and what challenges or advantages that will present to Texas. By the end of the series you should know the whole league a lot better and understand what UT's team needs to look like in order to find success on the field. North Texas The Mean Green won nine games last year in their first season in Conference USA, so they may not be quite the punch line we’re accustomed to facing. You might recognize head coach Dan McCarney from his time running Iowa State from 1995 to 2006 before resigning and leaving the Cyclones in the incapable hands of Gene Chizik. It only took him three years to win nine games at North Texas, he’s a great coach. On the plus side, their QB is gone, their top two receivers are gone, their starting running back is gone, and their defensive line is gone. We’ll be more basic in this one, in part because we almost certainly won’t lose this game and in part because I can’t be bothered to learn too much about such a team. Mean Green offense: Matchup Challenges The North Texas offense is designed to find success without elite, hard to find talents. Their run game is all about pulling linemen, traps, and leads that get 6-foot-2, 290-pound guards who couldn’t get Big 12 offers moving to hit defenders at favorable angles. They use a lot of 2-back sets and will run power, counter, pin & pull, draw, and zone-stretch to knock you out of the way. They’re actually pretty good at it and right guard Cyril Lemon can move and maul better than many of his contemporaries in the Big 12. The Mean Green returns four out of five OL from last year’s group, including Lemon and a rather athletic and talented left tackle named Antonio Johnson. Read more: http://insidetexas.com/news/story.php?article=5038
  22. Guy is a season ticket holder whole nine yards, grad -- huge UT fan. Anyway, here is the interesting thing. He was legitimately concerned about the UNT opener. He said there is a lot of stuff going on inside the program, "culture change" etc.. no true leaders have identified themselves. Half the team has not "bought in" to the Strong philosophy. Said Strong is making examples out of some of their best talent due to trying to instill discipline. He thinks Strong will be a great coach but that the change of the guard leaves them very vulnerable at the start of this season. He thinks Strong wants them to struggle/earn things a bit early on and will not try any trickery... it will be line it up and run it up the gut for the most part. He is convinced that if UNT doesn't turn the ball over they will make this a very close game... perhaps even win???? Anyhoo we're three months away but I already started getting my juices flowing about this game. Gawd this will be a long summer!!
  23. New head coach Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns will wrap up the second phase of the season on Saturday with the annual Orange-White game. During a media availability on Tuesday, Strong acknowledged that there have been some ups and down for the Horns throughout spring practice, but said that the spring game will represent an opportunity for the players to "just go out and play and have a good time." It's also going to feature a slightly different format than in years past -- where former head coach Mack Brown liked to match the first-team offense against the second-team defense and vice versa, Strong will have the ones against the ones, the twos against the twos, and the threes against the threes. So even though there hasn't been an official depth chart released to this point in Strong's tenure, it will be on full display Saturday minus the injured players, a group that now includes quarterback David Ash, wide receiver Jake Oliver, safety Erik Huhn, and the handful of players that have been out all spring with injuries, which is a reasonably substantial list of its own. Read more: http://www.burntorangenation.com/football/2014/4/16/5621520/texas-longhorns-offense-david-ash-tryone-swoopes-charlie-strong
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