McCombs told ESPN 1250 in San Antonio that he felt that Strong would "would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator," but that he was not a strong enough candidate to coach what he called "one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin."
McCombs has given over $100 million to the University of Texas. Its McCombs School of Business bears his name.
The Clear Channel Communications founder and former Minnesota Vikings owner had previously lobbied for Jon Gruden to be the next coach of the Longhorns. In an interview on KESN-FM on Tuesday, McCombs said he thinks Gruden would have won five titles in 15 years at Texas (via The Dallas Morning News).