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Texas issues apology for player who called Baylor 'trash'

Texas coach Charlie Strong......presides over first Longhorn scrimmage.

The University of Texas has issued one of those formal apologies on behalf of the player who referred to Baylor University's football program as "trash," according to ESPN. Longhorn linebacker Steve Edmond described the Big 12 Champion Baylor Bears football team as trash following the annual Orange-White scrimmage carried live on the Longhorn Network.

In these days of public relations departments one never knows who actually came up with the words for the "apology" which is automatic after an athlete says something a university thinks was unwise. The Texas athletic department was smart to issue a statement Thursday night, saying that the outspoken linebacker apologized and expressed his respect for all Baylor has accomplished.

But the wording was so contradictory to Edmond's original statement that he didn't understand how the 'Horns lost the game since they were the better team. that one wonders if he was the author of this so-called apology. His original statement was reminiscent of the University of Miami trash-talking teams of the 1990's who thrived on belitting opponents on and off the field while they did rack up a string of national championships.

According to the athletic department-issued statement, Edmond reportedly said he was frustrated over being unable to play in last year's Texas-Baylor game and had "let all that anger build up and get the best of me." His alleged conclusion was, "I won't let that happen again."

New Texas coach Charlie Strong, who is noted for his strong discipline, may have had a heart to heart talk with his senior linebacker somewhere in the bowels of the Longhorn Athletic Complex. One suspects the respected Strong may have shared some inspirational words with his player.

Strong had a successful record at the University of Louisville before he came to Texas when Mack Brown retired following the 2013 season. It's not likely Strong is the sort of coach who will tolerate many similar outbursts calling opponents "trash" as long as he is at the helm.

Actually, the "trash" insult directed at Baylor will probably do wonders for ticket sales for the game scheduled for Oct. 4 in Austin. Art Briles surely already had the date circled on his calendar as a major test in the Bears' title defense year. Known as an offensive genius, Briles will face a real challenge from Strong who is reputed to be a defensive guru.

The old adage, "When an irresistible force meets an immovable object", has to apply to this game which will feature one of the best offenses in the country against one of the best defensive minds.

Dr. Kenneth Aboussie, Wichita Falls dentist, viewed the Longhorns' spring game and said viewers were shown film of Strong's Louisville defensive teams. Frequently, the Cardinals would confuse opposing offenses by milling around prior to the snap. This was designed to create confusion among offensive linemen as to who they should block.

Baylor defeated Texas 30-10 in Waco last December to clinch the Big 12 championship.

Aboussie was watching the game primarily to see one of his nephews show his talents at running back. Although Aboussie played for the University of Oklahoma, his younger brother Joey played for the University of Texas.

Regardless of whether Texas players fire anymore trash talk at Baylor, this game could be a key matchup in deciding whether the Bears defend their Big 12 title.

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