Texas Coach Charlie Strong today announced that starting QB David Ash will retire from football due to repeated concussions. This makes So. Tyrone Swoopes the starter. Due to reduced depth, Strong has added intramural star QB Jimmy Greenwood to the roster.
Came across an interesting article over at Barking Carnival, the UT website on SBNation. Link: http://www.barkingcarnival.com/2014/1/14/5308182/culture-change-at-texas
Seems like Charlie Strong has wasted no time getting the program back on track. He's put in place guidelines for his players to follow, some of which might seem familiar.
I copied and pasted the meaty part of the article:
- Players will attend all of their classes and sit in the front two rows of all of their classes. GAs, academic folks, position coaches will be checking constantly now.
- No headphones in class. No texting in class. Sit up and take notes.
- If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts. If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs. If he misses three, the position coach runs. The position coaches don't want to run.
- No earrings in the football building. No drugs. No stealing. No guns. Treat women with respect.
- Players may not live off campus anymore, unless they're a senior who hits certain academic standards. The University will buy out the leases for every player currently living off campus and put them in the athletic dorm.
- The team will all live together, eat together, suffer together, and hang out together. They will become a true team and learn to impose accountability on each other. The cliques are over.
- There's no time for a rebuild. "I don't have time for that." The expectation is that Texas wins now.
- Players will learn that they would rather practice than milk a minor injury.
- The focus is on winning and graduating. Anything extraneous to that is a distraction and will be stamped out or removed.
- Strong met individually with seniors and key leaders and re-emphasized that the plan is to win now. They can lead the new culture or be run over by it.
- "I don't want to talk about things. I'd rather do things. We just talked. Now it's time to do."
It seems to me like most of these things would already be in place, but I guess not. Reading through the list actually reminded me of the passages in Bo's Lasting Lessons where Bo talked about what changes he brought to Michigan when he first arrived, i.e making the team live on campus, stressing academics first, respect everyone, and more. I'm impressed by Strong.
QB coach George Whitfield (the guy chasing Gardner with a broom a month ago) was touring Louisville's football facilities today and tweeting out highlights. This one was kind of interesting:
The best football programs have cultures that build young men... Like Ohio State & others, Louisville spells it out. pic.twitter.com/tPngdIm4qF
I guess I always assumed these things were self-explanatory and not having to be spelled out like this. Seems like a pretty low bar for core values.