According to data obtained by The Austin American-Statesmanthrough an open records request, the number of drug tests taken by Texas football players has more than doubled under new coach Charlie Strong.
The data shows that an average of 104 drug tests were administered between 2010 and 2013 under former coach Mack Brown. In Charlie Strong's first eight months as head coach, players were tested 188 times, an annual rate of 282 tests per year.
The entire football team was tested last March after spring break, a Texas official who oversees the drug testing program told the American-Statesman. Smaller numbers of tests were administered later in the spring, over the summer and during training camp, according to the data.
The American-Statesman reports Brown "usually tested players in the spring and mid-October, but never during training camp or before the season opener."
Strong has dismissed nine players since taking over as the Longhorns' head coach in January but has not given reasons for the dismissals.
- Dan Gartland