For those of you who don’t follow college football (people who think “hook ’em horns!” is something Lionel Ritchie said to the brass section before Kool and The Gang played Jungle Boogie) know this: since January, University of Texas Coach Charlie Strong has dismissed five players and suspended three more indefinitely for bad/criminal behavior of one sort of another. In confirming the most recent player ejections, “Strong laid out his five core values — honesty, treating women with respect and no drugs, stealing or guns.” espn.go.com doesn’t mention any potential blowback from that anti-gun statement, but one of our regular readers and UT grad sees Strong’s strong stand against guns (in general) as a potential problem for Lone Star State UT supporters . . .
While Coach Strong may come from a culture/area where guns = bad (at least in the minds of the elite), that ain’t Texas. [ED: Strong hails from Batesville, Arkansas.]
It would be one thing if the coach was referring to *illegal* possession of guns; i.e. “no guns in the football building” (they’re banned from campus buildings anyway). But is he saying that anyone who goes hunting with his family is off the team? If his family lives in low income housing in a high crime area, they are not allowed to legally possess defensive arms?
A small point, perhaps. UT has a $5m per year investment in Mr. Strong’s coaching abilities; they’re not going to go off him for a little by-the-way gun-bashing. At least not until after a few losing seasons. Still, it’s worth pointing out. ‘Cause when Texans say “don’t mess with Texas” that includes the right to keep and bear arms. Just sayin’ . . .