(USA TODAY) -- Texas Longhorns billionaire booster Red McCombs is not exactly pleased with the hiring of new football coach Charlie Strong.
“I think the whole thing is a bit sideways,” McCombs said during an interview with ESPN 1250 San Antonio. “I don’t have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator.
“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.”
McCombs, who is a dear friend of Mack Brown’s and has the UT business school is named after him, felt he and other donors should have been more involved in the search.
Last week he stated publicly that he wanted Texas to hire former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. But new athletics director Steve Patterson and his eight-person search committee went with Strong.
“I think it is a kick in the face,” McCombs said. “Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to go get Mack — from the time we decided to go get Mack to about 30 hours later to have a press conference here and it was done — we had a lot of input before we went after him.”
But despite how anyone feels — fan, coach, donor, Louisville players — Strong is the Longhorns coach now.
“I don’t see how they can miss,” McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News last week. “They can get anyone they want. They can close their eyes and go ‘Eeny-meeny-miny-moe’ and end up with someone good.”