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Texas coach Charlie Strong distances himself from UM opening

Texas coach Charlie Strong once again said Monday that he’s not leaving the Longhorns program to go anywhere else – including Miami, where for weeks he has been discussed as a top candidate to replace former coach Al Golden.

When asked at his weekly press conference why he wants to “stick through this” at Texas, Strong, who is 10-13 overall there and 4-6 this season, answered, “I don't run from anything, and when you work so hard to place yourself in this position…nothing is ever tough. You just grind it out.

“We always talk to our players about, ‘Hey, you hang in there.’ It may not be the way you want, but so what? You just grow up and you can't have self-pity…A lot of times when you’re in the position you're in, it's because of what you did to yourself. We didn't do a good job of coaching. If we did a better job of coaching, we wouldn't be in this position.”

Strong said he told his players, “I'm not going anywhere. I've made a commitment here, and we are going to see this program through and we're going to get it back on track. …I’m here, and I’m here for the duration.’’

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