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Strong: Still a lot of work to do at Texas

07/22/2014 2:35 PM

07/22/2014 2:36 PM

Charlie Strong is coming from Louisville, where he went 37-15 in four seasons, and is ready to make Texas into a legit national title contender once again.

“I’m really excited to be at my first Big 12 media day. I had a chance to talk to coach Stoops, coach Synder, people I have respect for and am impressed with what this conference is about.”

Strong has developed a five-phase system in Austin and just completed phase-three ... summer conditioning.

“We have a lot of work to do. I can’t say how far off we are, but we look much better compared to the spring and we’ll continue to move forward,” Strong said.

Strong says that it’s very challenging to come in and produce wins, the key is to surround yourself with “good people.”

“It’s good to watch this team play together. You can’t become a team without toughness and you can’t trust your teammates without first trusting in yourself,” Strong said.

Strong adds that academics and motivation is what he’s trying to establish in Austin. He has set up a Hook ’Em logo in the middle of the locker room and the players aren’t allowed to walk on it until game day. He wants the players to be able to throw up that sign and be proud of it.

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