NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Texas coach Charlie Strong on Sunday to talk about the core values Strong uses to run his program.
''We discussed setting standards, and taking a stand on who we are as football leaders,'' NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Sunday. ''Charlie Strong is doing that. It is a difficult process changing culture, not for the light-hearted. But, as we know at the NFL, it is a process that must be endured with the goals of high standards, excellence and accountability.''
The NFL is re-evaluating its personal conduct policy after Goodell admitted mishandling the disciplinary process for former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who struck his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
Strong has dismissed nine players during his first year as Texas coach.
''Coach Strong is setting a precedent on leadership by not compromising on high standards and the value of football,'' Vincent said. "He provided us valuable insight on how he establishes standards, gets buy-in from his student athletes and holds them accountable.
''Coach Strong has taken a firm stance on violence against women and stressing core values as a prerequisite to playing on his team. He believes that winning starts with life principles and is building his program based on core values. We believe this is a model that should be emulated across the country in both amateur and professional football.''
Vincent, a former star NFL player and president of the players' union, said the meeting ''provided valuable insight on how the NFL and college programs can collaborate on these issues going forward.''