Strong responds to Texas booster’s criticism

Charlie Strong answers questions during an NCAA college football news conference where Strong was introduced as the new Texas football coach, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Strong replaces Mack Brown, who coached Texas for 16 years and won the 2005 national championship.

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Charlie Strong says he’s too busy working to worry about recent criticism.

Texas billionaire booster Red McCombs went on ESPN 1250 in San Antonio on Monday, the same day Strong was introduced as the Longhorns’ coach, to blast the hire.

"I think the whole thing is a bit sideways," McCombs said. "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 should be 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 made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning, and was asked about the comments.

"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. I’m going to get judged by my work here," he said. "Once you win some football games, you’re going to change a lot of people’s attitudes."