Ubben's Big 12 Mailbag: Breakout players, autonomy, Texas will go 6-6?

Thanks for all your e-mails this week, everybody. You can find my coverage this season right here on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and submit a question for a later Mailbag.  This week, we tackle my preseason predictions, the Big 12 title race, breakout players and an issue surrounding major conference autonomy. Let's get to it.  Derek in Austin writes: I saw your season...
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5-star recruit asks Texas, OU fans to decide his last official visit

Iman Marshall is a football recruit who every major program in the country would love to have. The cornerback from Long Beach, California, is a five-star prospect and the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports. Due to NCAA rules, Marshall is allowed to take only five official visits. He has made up his mind on four: Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU and Michigan...
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Texas coach Charlie Strong take the team Bowling Sunday (video)

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong took his team bowling Sunday. Catch the players reaction to the coach making the announcement of some time away from the football field. Also it’s a good thing these young men are playing football and not there for a bowling scholarship. — BarDown (@BarDown) August 17, 2014 The post Texas coach Charlie Strong take the team Bowling...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Charlie Strong Takes Texas Football Bowling In Place Of Practice

Give Charlie Strong some credit. While he’s come off as incredibly strict in his first few months as Texas head coach, he has shown that he can have some fun and let loose when necessary. Like other programs have done in recent weeks, Strong gave his team a surprise day off today, eschewing practice for a trip to the bowling alley. Texas released video of the surprise, and the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Strong spent 3 decades prepping for job like Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Charlie Strong has been prepping to lead the Texas Longhorns for 30 years. The evidence is tucked away in his office, stuffed into file cabinets one page, one lesson, one line at a time. Inside the drawers are daily notes, quotes, practice reports, meeting agendas and conversations that span a career from his first job as a graduate assistant at Florida in 1983...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Strong set for Texas debut

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) New Texas coach Charlie Strong wasted no time delivering fans a bit of the honesty he demands from his players. Way back in April, on the first stop of a statewide introductory tour, Strong told Longhorns fans Texas ''will not be in the national championship game.'' Talk about a culture change. Strong promised one and he plans to deliver. Until...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: There Are Still Some Texas Longhorns That Have Not Bought in to Charlie Strong's Program

After the dismissals and suspension that Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has been handing out you would think that the players still on the squad would get the picture by now. Buy in to his program or find your time wearing the burnt orange cut short.It seems that some guys still haven't.@AndrewKingHornsA few players have been seen recently wearing a WWE-style championship...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Texas’ Bull Ring Drill Shows Just How Intense College Football Practice Can Be

Videos of practice have been coming out from camps all across the country, but so far Charlie Strong’s first fall camp seems to be the most physical and intense, at least from what we’ve seen. Over the weekend we caught a glimpse of the Longhorns’ Oklahoma Drill. Now, Texas has released video of a bull ring drill, where two players enter a ring formed by their teammates, and...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Longhorns Wearing ‘Texas Football Warrior’ WWE-Style Championship Belt At Practice

Last week, we got word that Texas head coach Charlie Strong was making his players “earn” the Longhorns logo by removing it from their helmets. Apparently this week they’re just wearing it on their waists instead. A few of UT’s players were seen wearing a “Texas Football Warrior” WWE-style championship belt today before and after team practice. One, sophomore linebacker...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Summer Reading: Tim Keown On Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong is trying to bring Texas out of the shadows of mediocrity. This past week at ESPN The Magazine, accomplished sportswriter Tim Keown chronicled Strong’s efforts to bring the Bevo’s Boys back to the top. From the feature-length article on Strong: “He studied under Lou Holtz, considers Bear Bryant an influence and yet encourages his players to dance and trash-talk...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Summer Reading: Tim Keown On Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong is trying to bring Texas out of the shadows of mediocrity. This past week at ESPN The Magazine, accomplished sportswriter Tim Keown chronicled Strong’s efforts to bring the Bevo’s Boys back to the top. From the feature-length article on Strong: “He studied under Lou Holtz, considers Bear Bryant an influence and yet encourages his players to dance and trash-talk...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Texas Ran An Intense Oklahoma Drill During Its First Practice In Full Pads Yesterday

Yesterday was a big day for the Texas Longhorns, as the team held its first practice in full pads under new head coach Charlie Strong. Like Strong, it was an intense practice, which featured one of the most in-your-face Oklahoma drills that we’ve ever seen. As select players ran the drill, their teammates passionately cheered them on, creating an awesome environment in camp. You...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Strong Says That The Culture Won’t Change At Texas “Until The Attitude Of The Players Change”

Calling new Texas head football coach Charlie Strong an authoritarian is almost a bit of an understatement. Ever since coming to Austin, Strong has been incredibly strict, and has been clear that he won’t put up with any nonsense from his players. For Strong, everything he’s done — from kicking players off of the team to making his players earn the right to wear the Longhorns...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Commit Louis Brown Is So Excited About Longhorns Offer Letter, He Hashtags Every Word Of His Announcement

In the world of college football recruiting, all “solid” verbals are not created equal. But if we had to bet on it, we’re pretty sure that Texas commit Louis Brown will be on campus in Austin around this time next year. Brown, a three-star athlete who gave his verbal commitment to Texas last month, posted a photo of the official offer letter he just received from head coach...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Coach Strong Is Taking the Longhorns Out of Texas (for now)

Welcome to Strongville. In case there was any doubt, the Texas Longhorns are now coach Charlie Strong’s team. Even if he is removing those iconic ‘Horns from everywhere you can see them. I’ll be straight up. I’ve long been a Charlie Strong fan for a long, long time. I’ve also spent a decent amount of time in Austin and probably have more burnt orange gear than any NY-bred...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Releases Official 2014 Season Hype Video

There are a lot of eyes on the Texas program this season. They have a new head coach in Charlie Strong and he has already made an impact on the team but not in the way Texas fans were hoping for. It’s not his fault but he has had to dismiss and suspend multiple players this offseason including a few starters. Now that the season is rapidly approaching, Texas has put out a 2014...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Releases Official “25 Days Until Season Opener” Hype Video

Just a few hours ago, we gave you a look at an unofficial hype video, created by the University Co-op, dedicated to the Texas Longhorns’ upcoming 2014 season. This time, we’ve got a brand new clip from the school itself. Texas unveiled a new trailer during the first week of fall practice – titled “25 Days Until Season Opener.” As you’d guess, it too is about the changes...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: This Awesome Texas Hype Video Will Get Longhorns Fans Fired Up For The Charlie Strong Era In Austin

For the first time since 1998, someone other than Mack Brown is the head football coach at the University of Texas. Ever since he became the school’s head coach on January 5, 2014, Charlie Strong has made changes across the Longhorns football program — whether it’s establishing strict rules and punishing players if they break them, or making players earn the Longhorn logo on...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting First-Year Expectations for Louisville's Bobby Petrino

After a successful four-year stint under Charlie Strong, Louisville reached into its past to find its next coach. Strong left for Texas after a 12-1...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Strong Removes Logos From Player’s Helmets (Photo)

The cultivation of a new Texas football team under head coach Charlie Strong continues. Players have been sent home in droves, prohibited from throwing up the “Hook Em’ Horns” without earning it, forced to walk the half-mile to practice, and now they will need to prove to coach Strong they deserve to don the Longhorns logo. When they showed up to the facility this morning for...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Famous Longhorn Helmet Decals Missing At Texas Fall Practice (Photo)

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is channeling his inner Bill Parcells. When Parcells was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, he made his rookies earn the famous Cowboys star on their helmets. Now, Strong is doing the same in his first year as head coach at UT, except he’s making all of his players work to earn the Longhorn decal on their helmet. When the Longhorns...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Football: Charlie Strong Takes Longhorn Logo off Practice Helmets (PHOTO)

#Texas LB Jordan Hicks goes through individual drills. He’s coming back from Achilles injury. — Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 4, 2014 Charlie Strong changed...Story
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Charlie Strong Removed The Longhorns Logo From Every Player’s Helmet

New Texas head coach Charlie Strong had already banned his players from using the “hook ‘em horns” hand gesture and roped off the Longhorns logo in their locker room. Now, he’s taken the whole “you have to earn it” mindset a bit further, taking the team’s logo off of each player’s helmet. UT opened practice with blank white helmets Monday. Via Rivals’ Anwar Richardson...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Strong takes Longhorn logo off Texas helmets

Charlie Strong is so old school that it is kind of annoying. Strong has committed to changing the Texas football culture in the wake of Mack Brown’s departure, and that has resulted in him doing stuff like making his players wear solid white helmets during practice. According to Anward Richardson of, Strong has removed […]
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17 days ago  |  1 Comment

Texas coach Charlie Strong making players earn Longhorn on helmet

Texas players have often been criticized for having a sense of entitlement.  First-year head coach Charlie Strong is making sure their recruiting rankings don't go to their heads anymore.  Strong has talked a lot about "Putting the T back in Texas" and hasn't been afraid to dismiss or suspend players this summer for breaking the rules.  For those who have the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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