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Charlie Strong: players need more than justice system

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Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is of the belief that if players get in trouble, more than the proverbial “system” is needed. Speaking to ESPN in an interview with the network, Strong stressed the importance not only of the justice system, but of players who get in trouble having positive influences in their lives.

“A lot of times (coaches) think, ‘Well I can help him.’ But are they helping him?” Strong said in an interview with ESPN while visiting the network’s main campus. “If you see a young man with issues, you have to surround him with enough people to help change his life. If you can’t surround him with enough people to help change his life, you can say all you want, but the kid is never going to change.”

Strong is absolutely right. It certainly does seem, both in and out of the football world, that the greater the support system, the less likely someone is to get in trouble.

Take former Alabama linebacker and current Dallas Cowboy Rolando McClain, for instance. Though talented, he ended up getting himself arrested for assault in 2011 and, as he later told ESPN, walked away from the game for a year because all of the negativity in his life, particularly that of his family seemingly mooching off of his new financial security, because he was worried about “self-destructing.”

Thus, though Strong’s words may seem like fluff to some, the man is 110 percent correct. Given how he has a reputation as a disciplinarian and Texas looks like it could very well turn around under his watch, perhaps critics should take his words a little closer to the heart.

Texas opens the season on the road against Notre Dame on September 5.

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