Strong Promises Texas Will Be Tough

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25:  Coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals yells after a fourth-quarter touchdown against the South Florida Bulls November 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Cardinals won 34 - 24.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals yells after a fourth-quarter touchdown against the South Florida Bulls November 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Cardinals won 34 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- New Texas football coach Charlie Strong says the Longhorns will field a mentally and physically tough team as he tries to push the program back among the national elite.

Texas introduced its new coach at a 45-minute news conference Monday. Strong breezed through with jokes and smiles before ending it with a "Hook'em Horns" hand signal.

Strong also acknowledged the historical significance of being the school's first African-American head coach of a men's sport.

Strong spent the last four seasons at Louisville and went 23-3 the last two years. He takes over for Mack Brown, who stepped down last month after 16 seasons.


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