Strong says he's unhappy about recent results

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas coach Charlie Strong may be happy to have the job, but he certainly doesn't like what he's seen from the Longhorns the last four years: No Big 12 titles and at least four losses every season.

Since his introduction as their new coach on Jan. 6, Strong has met with every Longhorns player and told them he expects a change.

"Each player on the team, I met with them one on one," Strong said Wednesday. "I told them how unhappy I was where the program is right now. It's going to fall upon all of us to go get it right ... They want to win. They sense we need to raise standards."

Strong inherits a team that went 8-5 last season but was just 30 minutes away from winning a Big 12 title before losing to Baylor 30-7 in the regular season finale. Strong said the point of meeting each player was to get to know them. Not to scare them off, but tell them what will be expected.

"When you're the top program in the country, you have to be about championships," Strong said.

Strong also started laying down new expectations, such as having players move back on campus and demanding they sit up front in class. The housing change is to promote team unity and remove cliques. The class rules, such as no hats or cell phones, are about teaching players to respect the academic side of their time at Texas and their professors.

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