Letters to the Sports Editor



If it comes down to recruiting, Herman wins

Charlie Strong failed at Texas because he failed to recognize this isn’t Florida. Strong’s lack of a recruiting network within Texas high school football doomed him. Charlie’s core values were welcome at UT. An institution can be the shining star of integrity in NCAA football, but when you lose to Kansas, know that you could be named Landry or Lombardi and your day is done regardless.

Tom Herman might not be a “slam dunk” as Cedric Golden states, but you have to like his chances. His in-state coaching network is as extensive as it is varies. Backed by the full resources of UT, Coach Herman will be expected to win and win now. He will be held to the same win now-or-else mindset that got Charlie fired.

Let’s hope Coach Herman remembers it’s always about the Jimmys and Joes rather than the exes and ohhhs.

GLEN KELLY, Leander

UT’s administration is not on the hook here

Re: “Regrettably, it’s time for Strong to go,” Nov. 25

Mr. Bohls has made his opinion of Mr. Strong’s tenure as head football coach known for some time through his columns and articles, as his is right. Many agree with his opinions and many disagree.

What is outrageous about this piece is the assertion that the reputation, careers and legacies of Chancellor William McRaven, President Greg Fenves and athletic director Mike Perrin will be shaped and defined by the retention, dismissal or hiring of a football coach. Space is too limited to list the accomplishments and contributions these men have made in their long and distinguished careers, but I believe that their records will stand the test of time long past the next few days.

And by the way, if there is anything this country and state needs in these trying times, it is more Boy Scouts!

JOHN W. FAINTER, JR., Austin

Strong was a good coach, but without results

Bye, bye Charlie. We wish you well and we’ll root for you and your next team. Try to remember us in time as well as we’ll remember you.

We’ll always be proud to claim you as one of ours. You kept our string of classy coaches intact. You gave us so much hope and excitement and pride in our Longhorns. But results. Not enough. Not sure enough.

We’re Texas. We mean to ride saddles, not wagons. We can drive or ride shotgun for a spell, but we don’t take backseats. That was our understanding. Best to you always, Coach Strong. Always be Strong. Thank you.

JOHN LEVALLEY, Springfield, Ill.


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