Texas Longhorns kicked off to start both halves because of coin toss blunder

Even before the Texas Longhorns-UCLA Bruins game got underway, there was plenty of action in AT&T Stadium.

As rules expert Mike Pereira explained above, when UCLA won the coin toss and chose to defer that gave Texas the option to kick, receive, or choose a goal to defend. Texas chose to kickoff to start the first half. Since UCLA chose to defer, they would have the option to receive to start the second half.

Not surprisingly, Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong was less than pleased.

Texas went into the game probably needing quite a few things to go their way to pull off an upset over the No. 12 team in the country. They didn’t do themselves any favors before the opening kickoff.

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Charlie Strong takes Longhorn logo off Texas helmets

Charlie Strong Texas Hook 'em

Charlie Strong is so old school that it is kind of annoying.

Strong has committed to changing the Texas football culture in the wake of Mack Brown’s departure, and that has resulted in him doing stuff like making his players wear solid white helmets during practice.

According to Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com, Strong has removed the Longhorns logos from all of the Texas players’ helmets and is making them earn the logo back. Here’s what the helmets look like at the moment:

If you recall, Strong also told his players a few months ago that they are not allowed to flash the “Hook ‘em Horns” sign until they earn the right to do so. In other words, he wants all members of the team to know they are not actually a member of the team until he says they are.

Strong also announced at the start of training camp over the weekend that three potential starters will miss at least one game due to a violation of team rules and that several others players have been dismissed.

“You have 85 guys on scholarship. If 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can’t the rest of them do it the right way?” Strong said. “They knew the first day I took the job, when I laid out the core values in that first team meeting, what the program is all about.”

Does this guy mean business or what?

Texas media guide typo leads to funny TexsaSports.com website

Texas had a major typo in the footer of their media guide where TexasSports.com is accidentally misspelled TexsaSports.com. As you could imagine, the internet took quick notice of the error and got to work.

First, here’s a look at the typo at the bottom of the page:

Texas media guide

Well, the Texas media guide told readers to visit TexsaSports.com, so an Oklahoma fan decided to take it upon himself to create a TexsaSports.com website poking fun at Texas:

Texsa Sports

TexsaSports.com — your one-stop shop for all things Longhorns sports.

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Vince Young has job waiting at Texas if football career doesn’t work out

Vince YoungThe longer Vince Young goes without a job in the NFL, the more likely it is that his professional football career is over. It looked like Young had earned the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback job last summer before the team unexpectedly released him. He later said during the season that he was stunned no team had shown interest. The 30-year-old may not be unemployed for long.

No, we don’t have inside information about NFL teams being interested in Young. On Wednesday, the former Texas star said his alma mater has a job waiting for him.

“If football doesn’t work out for me, the university has a great job for me,” Young said Wednesday at a luncheon featuring Charlie Strong.

Young, a two-time Rose Bowl MVP, said he would serve as an ambassador of sorts.

“Just letting you know what (UT) has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that,” he said, via Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”

As for his own career, young has been working out in San Diego and claims he has received some interest from NFL teams. He is not ready to tie a bow on his disappointing NFL career just yet.

“You never know,” he said. “All I can do is my part and stay ready. You never know when you are going to get a call. There is some interest.”

Young has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2011. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and was said to have blown through about $60 million in career earnings as of a couple of years ago. Accepting a job at Texas may be his best bet at this point.

Charlie Strong: Texas will not be in National Championship Game

Charlie Strong Texas Hook 'em

Charlie Strong has made it no secret that he is looking to change the culture surrounding the Texas football program. The former Louisville coach believes that the success the Longhorns had five years ago has led to complacency and entitlement. Strong is also looking to temper expectations.

“We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong said Monday, via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national…’ We will not be in the national championship game.”

Texas fans are not going to want to hear that, but it is probably the truth. The Longhorns are coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a loss in the Alamo Bowl. They are a combined 30-21 since losing in the National Championship Game back in 2009.

“A lot of our guys, they feel entitled and they get a little complacent because of where we are,” Strong added. “So then as a coaching staff, that’s what we have to be so conscious of when the guys feel they are a little better than what they are.”

This is all part of Strong’s overall approach. We learned last month that he won’t even allow his players to flash the hook ‘em Horns sign until they earn the right to do so. Strong is clearly concerned about his team getting overconfident. Saying Texas will not be in the National Championship Game is another way for him to knock his players down a peg while also being realistic.

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Charlie Strong won’t let Texas players flash hook ‘em Horns sign yet

Charlie Strong Texas Hook 'em

Just four short years ago, Texas was competing for a BCS National Championship behind Heisman Trophy candidate Colt McCoy. Since that game, the Longhorns have compiled a record of 30-17, which is nothing to brag about for a team that was once considered a national powerhouse. Charlie Strong hopes to bring a winning tradition back to Austin.

In order to do so, Strong is trying to change the culture that Mack Brown left behind. According to ESPN.com’s Max Olson, that includes everything from making players walk to practice to not allowing them to throw up the “hook ‘em Horns” hand gesture.

“They’ll get it back one of these days,” Strong said.

Strong was a Longhorn for a matter of hours before he was already throwing up the “hook ‘em Horns” at his introductory press conference. In fact, same of his former Louisville players criticized him and called him fake because of it. The Horns gesture is one of the first things recruits do when they decide to play ball at Texas, but apparently Strong feels it needs to be earned.

Strong also makes players take the half-mile trek from their dorms to the practice facility on foot. They used to be able to catch a bus. He has put an open-door policy into effect and is often spotted chatting football with several players at a time inside his office.

Culture change is one thing, but I’m not sure how I would feel about being told to not use the “hook ‘em Horns” gesture. In my opinion, starting positions are something a player has to earn. Taking pride in your school is not.

Max Wittek: Visit to Texas was awesome

Max WittekMax Wittek was once one of the top college football prospects in the country, but after losing the USC starting quarterback job to Cody Kessler, he decided to transfer. Texas is one of the schools looking at him, and it sounds like things went quite well on his visit there over the weekend.

“Everything about my trip (to Texas) was awesome,” Wittek told Orangebloods.com on Monday. “From the coaches to the players, the school, the campus – it all probably exceeded what I thought it would be.”

Wittek has also expressed interest in Louisville, TCU and Hawaii, but he says he’s not sure of his plans to visit any of them. He also told Orangebloods that he connected with the Longhorns coaches during his visit.

Wittek enrolled early at USC in 2011 to take part in spring practice, even though he redshirted his first year. After Matt Barkley hurt his shoulder against UCLA in 2012, Wittek started against Notre Dame and then Georgia Tech in the team’s bowl game. He did not look very good in either game, and he lost the starting job to Kessler last season.

Schools still hold a lot of interest in the former Mater Dei product, but I have my concerns. He didn’t look good despite playing in Lane Kiffin’s offense and with many talented players around him, so I’m not expecting big things from him elsewhere. Based on his reputation, though, he’ll probably be able to land a starting job.

In high school, Wittek was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals. He had scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina and UCLA, in addition to SC.

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