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Texas booster Red McCombs: Charlie Strong hire is 'a kick in the face'

Texas Booster Red McCombs has previously owned the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Texas booster Red McCombs previously owned the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Texas booster Red McCombs called the hiring of Charlie Strong a "kick in the face" in a recent radio interview, according to the Max Olson of ESPN.com.

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.

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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).

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