AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas coach Charlie Strong opened his first Longhorns training camp with a tough message for his players: break the rules and there will be consequences.
Strong announced that three potential starters will miss at least one game for team rules violations and confirmed several other players had been dismissed.
Offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner all will miss at least one game for rules violations but will be allowed to practice. Strong said he hasn't decided yet if they will miss more than one game.
Texas opens the season Aug. 30 at home against North Texas. The Longhorns play BYU and UCLA the next two weeks in state.
Dismissed from the Longhorns and released from their scholarship were running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet, both of whom would have struggled for playing time in a crowded backfield, and safety Chevoski Collins. Bergeron had 1,392 career rushing yards with 25 touchdowns but shared carries with Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray last season as his role diminished.
Strong wouldn't detail the rules violations other than to say the players broke the core values he stresses of honesty, treating women with respect, no guns and no drugs.
"You have 85 guys on scholarship. If 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can't the rest of them do it the right way?" Strong said. "They knew the first day I took the job, when I laid out the core values in that first team meeting, what the program is all about."
Strong also said wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were suspended in July after being arrested on rape charges, will not be allowed to return regardless of how their legal cases turn out. Both are scheduled for court appearances next week.
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