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Bob's Blog: Proving Another StrongPoint
Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 10:54 PM CDT
Why is this such a big deal? The majority of people certainly believe that by the time 7:00 August 30th rolls around, Texas will have the Longhorn back on the helmet, come hell or high water. That this is another in a long line of gimmicks from Charlie Strong designed to get his team to ... shall we? Earn the right.
That phrase may strike a chord with some of you. Earn the right -- of course -- was the slogan of the 2012 Texas football team. The one that went 9-4 ... The one that lost 63-21 to OU ... The one that had the worst defense in school history.
Walking instead of bussing -- helmet decal stripping -- disallowing Horns up. While it's all a part of the larger picture of a culture change Strong is trying to create, it's only created if the players buy-in to it. Which by all accounts they are for now.
Strong is enforcing his will on his players. He's making them believe his way is the right way. Maybe it takes a season to fully digest, but it won't take longer than that. And that's not to say a national championship is on the way.What it does say - is that Strong is changing the way his players act in this program. Getting rid of the entitlement. Earning the right.Of course, if Strong really wants to prove his point -- Texas will run out of the tunnel at 7:00 August 30th without that Longhorn on their helmet. Then - this is a big deal.