University of Texas booster Red McCombs apologized for comments he made earlier this week about new Longhorns coach Charlie Strong. McCombs said Monday that Strong's hire was a "kick in the face" and that Strong "would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator" in an interview with San Antonio's ESPN radio affiliate. McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday that he apologized to Strong in a phone conversation and told him he had his "total support." "I wanted to apologize to anyone that might have been offended by anything I said or did," McCombs said. ... "He wanted my help and my support. I told him I'd be happy to do it." McCombs explained his earlier comments by saying "my interest in this coaching issue was to see that we had one of the three best coaches in the United States." He had said he hoped the Longhorns could land Jon Gruden to replace Mack Brown, who stepped down after 16 seasons. The former owner of the Minnesota Vikings and San Antonio Spurs said he was bothered that his comments were interpreted by some as racially motivated. Strong is African American. McCombs said he regretted the comments about the Strong hire being "a kick in the face" and about Strong being "maybe a coordinator." The billionaire has donated more than $100 million to the school.
- Red McCombs