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Texas coach Charlie Strong confirms player dismissals, suspensions

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Texas head coach Charlie Strong said that he expects his players to have core values if they want to continue playing for him.

Since Strong took over in January for Mack Brown, he has dismissed seven players and indefinitely suspended three others, which he confirmed Sunday.

Strong dismissed running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins last week, saying the three players were repeat offenders who broke team rules "constantly, over and over and over."

Strong also let go receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander after they were arrested on sexual assault charges

More: Charlie Strong sends clear message with wave of player dismissals

"We have core values within this program. We expect our players to abide by those values," Strong said, via ESPN.com. "We have 85 guys on scholarship. If you look at it and 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can't the rest of them?"

Strong also said running back/receiver Daje Johnson, offensive lineman Desmond Harrison and safety Josh Turner will be suspended for at least the first game of the 2014 season. The Longhorns open the season Aug. 30 at home against North Texas.

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