Texas coach Charlie Strong confirmed Sunday that he has dismissed five players from the football program and suspended three additional players for violations that remain undisclosed.
Strong spoke for the first time Sunday about the dismissals, specifically the removal of running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins. Wasting no time at all, these players have already been granted their releases to transfer.
To add to this list of players, Strong announced running back/receiver Daje Johnson, offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and safety Josh Turner will be suspended for at least the first game of the season.
Last month, Texas was added to a list of universities whose football players have been accused in sexual assault crimes. The Texas players arrested last month on sexual assault charges, receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, have been removed from the program as well. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only college football team recently to cite allegations against its athletes for committing sexual assault crimes.
The Air Force Academy also announced Sunday that it will launch an in-depth investigation after athletes were accused of using the date rape drug, synthetic marijuana, and heavy amounts of alcohol before committing said acts of sexual assault. The investigation initiated by Colorado Springs Gazette, eventually prompted Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson to call the Inspector General to probe the school.
These news stories and allegations of sexual assault and college athletes are becoming more prominent every season. Unfortunately for Strong, it has cast a shadow on a football program that was already posing concerns this offseason. While it was uncertain how Charlie Strong would respond to these obvious disciplinary issues surrounding the Texas football program, it seems he has sent a “Strong” message to the other players: Don’t Mess With Texas.