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Bob's Blog: Strong Language
Updated: Monday, January 6 2014, 06:43 PM CST
The hiring of Charlie Strong marks the first time in Texas Longhorns history an African-American will guide a men's program on the Forty Acres. Of the all-time coaches in the three major sports – 28 in football, 23 in basketball and 12 in baseball – never once had a black man become head coach until now.
It's hard to believe, but it also reiterates a point Strong himself tried to make back in January of 2009. Race is an issue when it comes to hiring a head coach. For Strong, he believes his marriage plays a role too.
While defensive coordinator at Florida, Strong told reporters he thought his interracial marriage – his wife Vicki is white – played a role in why he hadn't landed a job.
The numbers don't lie. Of the 125 FBS head coaches, only 12 are black.
This is part of a bigger point. Some reporters have made it clear that they don't think Charlie Strong fits at Texas, not based on his race, but on his lack of desire to interact with the school, boosters and the media. His personality has been described as guarded, and one writer went as far as to call him "a complete misfit for the spotlight that accompanies the Texas job".
If Charlie strong goes 12-1 next year and gets Texas into the four team playoff, but he doesn't sit down for a 1 on 1 with me or spend a little extra time chumming it up with alums the way Mack Brown did -- will anyone care?
Now flip it.
If Charlie Strong goes 6-6 next year, but doesn't sit down for a 1 on 1 with me or spend a little extra time chumming it up with alums the way Mack Brown did - will anyone care?
Charlie Strong's tenure won't be defined the way Mack Brown's was. Brown resurrected a struggling program and turned it back into one of the country's best - on and off the field. Strong's walking into a program that just needs a new voice, but not a new direction.
At the end of the day, neither race nor personality nor kindness will make or break Charlie Strong.
Wins and losses will.