Former Vikings owner Red McCombs bashes Texas coaching hire
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- January 7, 2014 - 12:41 PM
There are quite a few people who think Charlie Strong will succeed as the head coach at Texas, but former Vikings owner / car salesman / proud Texan Red McCombs is not one of them.
Oh, lordy, is he not one of them.
"I think the whole thing is a bit sideways," McCombs said of the selection process during an interview with ESPN 1250 San Antonio. "I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.
"But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don't think it adds up."
McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings and co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, said on "The Blitz with Dat Nguyen and Jason Minnix" that he was stunned to learn Strong was the choice to replace Mack Brown.
He publicly lobbied last week for Texas to hire former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.
"I think it is a kick in the face," McCombs said. "Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to go get Mack -- from the time we decided to go get Mack to about 30 hours later to have a press conference here and it was done -- we had a lot of input before we went after him."
Ouch. Sounds like someone's mad that he doesn't have much influence.
Thanks to Andrew Shipe for the heads up.
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