Charlie Strong: You just move on

Updated: January 9, 2014, 3:15 PM ET
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New Texas coach Charlie Strong isn't going to let a little criticism from longtime Longhorns billionaire booster Red McCombs ruin his first few days on the job.

On Monday, McCombs voiced his disapproval of Strong's hire on ESPN 1250 San Antonio.

Strong There are going to be statements made. You can't worry about that. You just move on. You have a job to do. You can't worry about what people say or think.

-- Texas coach Charlie Strong

"I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator," McCombs said. "But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don't think it adds up."

Strong, who appeared on the syndicated "Dan Patrick Show," brushed off McCombs' comments.

"There are going to be statements made," said Strong, the former Louisville coach. "You can't worry about that. You just move on. You have a job to do. You can't worry about what people say or think.

"I'm going to get judged by my work here. Once you win some football games, you're going to change a lot of people's attitudes. ... You have to win. Everybody wants to win nowadays. There are those expectations anywhere you go."

McCombs, former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings and co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, had publicly lobbied for Texas to replace Mack Brown with former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

On Thursday, Strong joined "The Paul Finebaum Show" on ESPN Radio and said he spoke with McCombs earlier in the day. Asked by Finebaum if he thought McCombs' comments were racially motivated in any way, Strong said he did not.

"It's so funny that we speak about Red. Probably a couple hours ago I got off the phone with him and we spoke, Strong said. "We had a really great conversation and I told him, 'You've done a lot for this university. And I want you around. I want you to be a part of this program and I want you to support this program.'

"Because I said, 'We need you. We need everyone. We need to band together and become that family we are because this is the Longhorn family and I want you a part of it."

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