There is a new sheriff in Town and in charge of Texas football, and he aims to demonstrate that he means business. New Texas head coach Charlie Strong had the iconic Longhorn logo removed from the white Texas helmets as fall practice commenced in Austin in preparation for the 2014 college football season.
According to writer Laken Litman of USA Today Sports, Strong’s offseason motto for Longhorn football in 2014 is to “Put the ‘T’ back in Texas Football,” one step at a time.Jul 22, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong speaks to the media during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
“He (Strong) prohibited players from throwing up the ‘Hook’Em Horns’ sign with their hands, saying they had to earn it. He’s made them walk the half mile to practice instead of taking a bus as they used to under Mack Brown. And he’s even stripped the Longhorns off their helmets.”
When the Texas players arrived for the first day of fall practice on Monday, their helmets were solid white,” Litman reported.
Presumably the Longhorn logo will return to the helmets of those players Strong and the coaching staff at Texas deem worthy of seeing game action come the start of the 2014 season later this month.
A further indication that the new Texas head coach means business came out at a press conference with Strong on Sunday, when the Longhorn coach announced that three potential starters will miss at least one game for violating ream rules.
“You have 85 guys on scholarship,” Strong said. “If 80 of them are doing the right thing, why can’t the rest of them do it the right way? They knew the first day I took the job, when I laid out the team rules in that first team meeting, what the program is all about.”