After years of the Oklahoma Sooners and Bob Stoops looking forward to taking on Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns every season, things will change drastically next year. Former Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong has taken over the leadership role in Texas, and according to ESPN on Jan. 8, some major Longhorns' donors are not happy about it.
Mack Brown took over leadership of Texas in 1998 and turned them around after many losing seasons to make them a national title contender again. Bob Stoops came into Norman the next year and led his Sooners to a national title the next season. In their 16 years going head-to-head, Stoops record against Brown was 9-6.
Now, Charlie Strong will try to see if he can have better success against the Sooners. One very powerful donor who is not happy about it is Red McCombs, the man who the business college is named after. McCombs even has a statue in the Longhorns stadium. The former owner of the Minnesota Vikings, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, and co-founder of Clear Channel Communication, has donated more than $100 million to the University of Texas.
That makes his statements about Charlie Strong pretty newsworthy. According to McCombs, the hiring of Strong was a "kick in the face" and Strong might be a good coordinator at Texas but he felt that the school could have gotten a much better coach.
Charlie Strong was conscious of his remarks when asked about McCombs' statement. According to Strong, the only way to change people's opinions is to win. He admitted that he can't be worried about what people think of him, but if he wins football games, people's attitudes towards him will change.