Looking ripped enough to put on the pads and take the field as a linebacker, Charlie Strong met with the media for the first time today as the new head football coach at the University of Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"I was so thrilled to even be in the conversation," Strong said of his move to Austin from the University of Louisville. "And now to become the head coach, I'm so proud and just more thrilled."
Strong said "I know this is the biggest stage, but I also know that at the end of the day, it's all about winning."
He said that's what the state expects from him.
"We will work like it's fourth and one...fourth and inches more than that, and we will make sure that our Texas exes are more than happy with the product that we put on the field.
Strong said he and his family will 'embrace' the University of Texas in every way possible, and he said his goal will be to 'run a clean program,' and not 'get into any trouble whatsoever.'
He talked about growing up in Arkansas and knowing the level of greatness at the University of Texas under coaches from Darrell Royal to Mack Brown.
"I came here to speak to a high school coaches clinic, and Coach Brown came in and introduced Coach Royal. And all of the coaches who were there gave him a standing ovation. It just ran chills through my body."
Strong said he will heavily recruit the state of Texas. Brown received criticism for allowing blue chip Texas players like Robert Griffin the Third and Nick Foules, to bypass the University of Texas for other colleges.
He said the theme of the UT football program under his leadership will be 'Texas Strong.'
Strong agreed that it is a big move for the University of Texas to have the first African American head coach of any sport in its history, but then he shrugged it off.
"I am not a minority," Strong said. "I am a football coach."