Charlie Strong is his name and Charlie Strong will have to stay true to his game if he is to succeed. Charlie Strong is now the face of Texas Longhorns football. A storied football power, Texas looks to return to collegiate glory with a strong coach at the helm, and Strong’s seminal strength and focal force is his sturdy and stalwart core: he is a “take no prisoners” kind of guy.
Strong is imbuing his team with the ethos that their focus is winning and graduating. Anything else is insignificant. He’s already dismissed seven players and mandated that all underclassmen live on campus. There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Strong. His motto is, “Let’s put the “T” back in Texas; and “T” is for toughness.
Strength is the opposite weakness, and yet we are only strong when we admit when and where we are weak. Texas’ weakness is that Strong is the first African-American coach of any major sports team on campus. That’s ANY sports team at the entire university. Ever. It is 2014, not 1964, so the hiring of a black coach shouldn’t be anything new and if anything it should be old news, right? Wrong. Not in Texas. Texas is still a bastion of old-school, old fashioned, out-of-date, and out-of-time principles and practices, and as we all know, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. But new tricks Texas must learn if they are to keep up with the rest of the NCAA.
Strength is the essence and epitome of greatness. However, we are only strong when we rely on the aid and assistance of the Almighty from above. In and of ourselves we are fearful and faint, we are fractured and faulty, we are feeble and frail, like a ship without a sail, as Thomas Elliot has well said:
Flesh-and-blood is weak and frail,
Susceptible to nervous shock;
While the True Church can never fail
For it is based upon a rock.
And so we must do as the Prophet Joel said “let the weak say, I am strong.” Like Joshua, we must “Be strong and of good courage;” we must be “be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses (God ‘s) servant commanded; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” Paul said “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” And He told Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” The Lord is our strength and our song, and in Him only is our salvation.
So let’s learn a lesson from Charlie Strong. He may not be a believer, but he believes in being strong.