Last year, Texas coach Charlie Strong counseled the NFL on domestic-violence issues in the wake of a rash of suspensions, including the Ray Rice incident. Strong said on Tuesday that he believes in limited second chances.
That is, if a player gets tossed out of another school for a disciplinary issue, Texas won’t become the landing spot.
“I don’t think that you should be given another opportunity to go to another major school and just start all over like your slate is clean,” Strong said. “You were at an unbelievable place, and so now you did something yourself to get yourself dismissed out. So why do you think that you can go somewhere else and just start all over like it’s a clean slate for you?
“I’m all into giving guys second chances, but I want to give guys on my team second chances, not someone else from another program.”
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That’s what Oklahoma is doing with running back Joe Mixon and linebacker Frank Shannon.
Mixon was kicked out of the program last year after punching a female student in the face during an altercation near campus last July. Shannon was suspended by the school last summer for violating the school’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy. A female student alleged Shannon sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment.
Both players have been reinstated.
“None of it has been tolerated,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “It has been disciplined. These guys have had significant penalties. We have some very high standards for them to meet, and if they’re not met they won’t be with us any longer.”