Texas booster Red McCombs apologized Thursday for comments he made criticizing the hire of new football coach Charlie Strong, adding that he spoke via telephone with Strong on Thursday to clear the air. In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, the billionaire former owner of the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings offered an apology to Strong and “to anyone that might have been offended by anything I said or did.”
McCombs, who has donated more than $100 million to the school, expressed frustration in a Monday radio interview with ESPN 1250 in San Antonio about being left out of the hiring process and suggested Strong would “make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator” for Texas but made it clear he would have preferred that the school hire ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach.
McCombs said Strong told him an apology was not necessary during Thursday’s conversation, in which Strong asked for the booster’s continued help and support.
“I told him I’d be happy to do it,” McCombs said.
_ Jimmy Burch