Strong Arm of Strong

Charlie Strong wants his players to hit the books, not the bong

Charlie Strong wants his players to hit the books, not the bong

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Charlie Strong keeps finding new ways to keep up discipline on his team, but could it be too much eventually? Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics

Longhorn football coach Charlie Strong is serious about turning his team into winners ... drug-free winners, that is.

According to records obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, a grand total of 188 drug tests have been administered to players in just the first eight months of Strong's reign. Compare that to the average of about 104 tests per year under Mack Brown's tenure, and it seems that this another area Strong is serious about cracking down on.

Since before the practice season started, Coach Strong was adamant in showing the football team (and the greater University of Texas community) that he was not kidding when he said the program would be about developing student-athletes — emphasis on student. By July, Coach Strong had dismissed not one, not two, but five players for a range of misconduct, including sexual assault charges. He also made his players earn back the right to wear the Longhorn emblem on their helmets and even throw the "Hook 'Em Horns."

It looks like Strong is ushering in an era where being a UT football player is not just about winning, but about learning to be a true Longhorn as well.