More bad news for Texas football fans: Head coach Charlie Strong has suspended two more players.
Kennedy Estelle, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior offensive tackle from Pearland, Texas, started eight games in 2013 and started Saturday against North Texas. Desmond Harrison, a 6-8, 313-pound senior offensive tackle from Houston, was suspended and didn’t play against North Texas.
Earlier reports had both players booted from the team but an e-mail from the Texas athletic department details suspensions only.
It appears Strong’s intent to clean house in Austin is ongoing.
Sometimes turmoil inside a program brings a team together; sometimes it’s a distraction. As big as Texas football is, I can’t imagine this isn’t a negative.
How about some positive notes from Bronco Mendenhall’s radio show?
Kurt Henderson (6-1 180 Jr.), a walk-on wide receiver from St. George, has been awarded a scholarship. Mendenhall made the announcement on Wednesday and said it’s the best thing he gets to do as a head coach. Henderson is a special teams contributor and has six catches for 103 yards in his career.
Mendenhall also told a story about something that happened at UConn. After a BYU score, one of the game officials ran by the bench and said, “Do you always have this many fans? I’ve never seen anything like it.”
As for Texas, Mendenhall admitted that it’s an important game because, “A win would be more leverage for us. There is a lot at stake, but it’s still just football.”