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Red McCombs bashes Texas hire [Charlie Strong]
ESPN.com ^ | January 7th, 2014 | Max Olson

Posted on 01/07/2014 2:58:42 PM PST by Third Person

Longtime booster Red McCombs is not a fan of Texas' decision to hire coach Charlie Strong away from Louisville, calling it a "kick in the face" during a radio interview Monday.

"I think the whole thing is a bit sideways," McCombs said of the selection process during an interview with ESPN 1250 San Antonio. "I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator. "But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don't think it adds up."

McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings and co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, said on "The Blitz with Dat Nguyen and Jason Minnix" that he was stunned to learn Strong was the choice to replace Mack Brown. He publicly lobbied last week for Texas to hire former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

"I think it is a kick in the face," McCombs said. "Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to go get Mack -- from the time we decided to go get Mack to about 30 hours later to have a press conference here and it was done -- we had a lot of input before we went after him. "So I don't know what the big rush was. I was kind of pleased that [Texas athletic director Steve] Patterson already said that he'd like to get it done in the middle of January. That seemed logical to me. I'm a team player, but I think they went about it wrong and made the selection wrong."

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McCombs has donated over a $100 million to UT. Strong is in for some fun at Texas.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 2:58:42 PM PST by Third Person
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To: Third Person

McCombs is a total idiot.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 3:06:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Third Person

Strong is going to do well at Texas. McCombs is having a Karl Rove moment and it will pass.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 3:07:46 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: nickcarraway

Red McCombs was a huge auto dealer back in the early 90’s. I sold advertising to him.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 3:08:42 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Third Person

McCombs is claiming they should get Jon Gruden to coach. Gruden had zero interest in coaching in the NFL, let alone college. If McCombs wanted to buy the right to control Texas football for $100 million, he should have a contract in advance. Nut job.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 3:10:38 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: jimbo123

:: McCombs is having a Karl Rove moment ::

Depends on who’s ear he has...consistently.

Nothing like having a high-dollar booster undermine your tenure BEFORE you arrive.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 3:10:47 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: Third Person

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7 posted on 01/07/2014 3:13:14 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Third Person

I like Charlie Strong.. but, I agree with McCombs. What was the rush? No one else was going to hire Charlie away?

I wish they had waited to talk with Gus Malzahn, or Mike Gundy.

I don’t think, they followed the “process” that THEY laid out.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 3:13:40 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: jimbo123

So he’s a lefty.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 3:16:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Well... let me distance myself from Red’s comments about Charlie only being worthy of being a coordinator.

Charlie Strong has earned respect as a HEAD COACH. Was he the BEST coach Texas could hire?? I guess, time will tell.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 3:16:46 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Third Person

McCombs is a fool. Strong will be a great coach. Problem is he won’t cowtown to old alumni. Instead, he’ll build an awesome program. (Sucks for me: I’m a Buckeye and not a UT fan, but that’s what is going to happen.)


11 posted on 01/07/2014 3:19:38 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Texas hired a new athletic director to drain the swamp and take back their athletics department from McCombs and others like him and their cronies at the school and in the media. Massive stink at Texas athetics over there and taking out McCombs is a good first start and sends a message.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 3:23:53 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: nickcarraway
So McCombs is an "idiot" and a "lefty", but is he a racist as well?

Charlie Strong's heroic fight to overcome Texan racism. That's going to be the story line here.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 3:25:41 PM PST by Third Person (The light pours out of me.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim
These coaches get snapped up quickly. Strong could have been gone if they waited.

Malzahn? You have to be crazy to think he was available.

14 posted on 01/07/2014 3:27:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: jimbo123
Having a bunch of overentitled alumnis controlling a football program does not lead to wins.

I thought Texas was crazy when they started spreading rumors that they were going to hire coaches that were not realistic. But hiring Strong seems like a smart move.

15 posted on 01/07/2014 3:30:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Third Person

Well, it makes you wonder.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 3:30:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Third Person

Only a fool or an idiot would hire Jon Gruden over Charlie Strong...and as a UCF alum I am no fan of Strong either

There is a reason why Jon Gruden is still doing TV and not coaching....he has a bad rep as being two faced...players will not play for him

Also...Gruden handled Phil Simms son Chris so horribly at Tampa Bay...Phil probably has everybody on speed dial if there is any thought of hiring Gruden


17 posted on 01/07/2014 3:45:26 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Third Person
Texas has destroyed their own program through their own arrogance and stupidity. When they created the Longhorn Network, they thought they had a National following and that the other Big 12 schools would have to join on to "Big Brother". Well, Texas A&M said "ewscray this" and joined the SEC. Now A&M controls the State of Texas in football recruiting and the situation will only get better (A&M has an Ivy-League level endowment and isn't afraid to outspend everyone)

In the meantime, Texas keeps falling further and further behind. Strong is an excellent hire, but idiot boosters like Red MacCombs and Joe Jamail have "Jerry Jones Syndrome" and want to control the team.

18 posted on 01/07/2014 3:46:07 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Gruden could probably get a half dozen NFL jobs. He doesn’t want to coach. He would not take a job in college. Unless Texas was planning on hiring Gruden at gunpoint, it’s crazy to perpetuate that he was a candidate for that job.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 3:50:52 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Third Person
I remember Red McCombs when he had a simple dealership/car lot in San Antonio back in 1967. Ford.
20 posted on 01/07/2014 4:15:09 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: nickcarraway
Gruden’s wife, a Tennessee alumni, put full court pressure on him to take the Tennessee job and he refused to entertain it. I don't think Texas could have persuaded him either as Tennessee's offer was a multi million dollar one.
21 posted on 01/07/2014 4:18:36 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Third Person

“He publicly lobbied last week for Texas to hire former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.”

His guy Mike Tice wasn’t available?


22 posted on 01/07/2014 4:21:31 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Third Person

Michael Wilbon, a racemongerer on ESPN, was bashing McCombs today for not being progressive enough.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 4:38:25 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: nickcarraway

Strong? Get Snapped up? By who? The Cleveland Browns? I don’t think another week would have mattered.

Malzahn was ABSOLUTELY available. Texas could afford his buyout clause. Hell, Strong cost us $4MM. Gus would have been less than $10MM. That’s no sweat.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 5:01:01 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: nickcarraway

Strong will be t.u.’s Kevin Sumlin. As an Aggie I hate to see it. He will do well.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 5:07:07 PM PST by con-surf-ative
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To: Third Person
So McCombs is an "idiot" and a "lefty", but is he a racist as well?

Nope!

Just an obnoxious longhorn prick with an overinflated ego.

They are a dime a dozen.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 5:07:40 PM PST by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

How do you figure? Malzahn has only been at Auburn one year, and they were in the National Championship game. Auburn also won in 2009. What would he gain by going to Texas?


27 posted on 01/07/2014 5:10:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Third Person

The same Red McCombs who is Chairman of the Board of Academi (formally Blackwater)?

Interesting.

http://academi.com/pages/about-us/board-of-directors


28 posted on 01/07/2014 5:22:34 PM PST by IwaCornDogs ("There Will Be Bamboozeling" ~ Nobama 08')
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I’m just glad they didn’t go after Art Briles. Hopefully he’ll be available when Arkansas admits they screwed up.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 5:44:04 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: nickcarraway

I remember this fat old turd running around yelling “Purple Pride”.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 7:30:17 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Third Person

When UConn hired Paul Pasquilini after Randy Edsel took the Maryland job, Burton, a big money man, blasted that hire.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 8:27:10 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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What would he gain by going to Texas?

Oh... I don't know. Maybe $2MM a year in higher salary and promotional deals.

Might not be enough for Gus... if he's happy where he is. But, I wish they'd at least discussed it with him.

32 posted on 01/08/2014 7:35:05 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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