UT Football Head Coach Charlie Strong might have to testify in a divorce hearing in Louisville. That's where he worked before to coming to Texas. A University of Louisville trustee is not only calling for Strong's word, he also wants phone records and gifts Strong may have received from the man's wife.
Coach Strong called a news conference to introduce three new assistant coaches Monday. He took a few questions. One issue that did not come up was a motion to bring him back to Louisville, Kentucky for testimony in a divorce proceeding. He coached for the University of Louisville from 2010-13.
U of L Trustee Jonathan Blue alleges strong is a critical witness to his wife Tracy Blue's repeated behavior and activities that are inconsistent with being a role model and responsible caretaker for her children.
Blue is requesting that strong produce the following: cell phone records dating back to 2012, all gifts from Tracy Blue including shoes, clothing, a Movado watch and other jewelry, records of credit card charges, products and accommodations that benefited Tracy Blue, flight records, and Strong's calendars from 2012 to present.
Strong released the following statement in response:
I was recently given information regarding a marital dispute between a couple I know in Louisville. I'm not a party to their divorce and have received no court order in this case. I certainly respect the legal system, and if I do receive a court order, I will review it and respond then. Since this is a legal case, it wouldn't be appropriate for me to say anything further at this time. I do want Longhorn fans and supporters to know that this will not affect my focus in any way. My number one priority is getting this team ready to compete at the highest level. We are doing that now and will continue to do so.
UT Men's Athletic Director Mike Perrin released this quote:
I've spoken with Charlie about the recent media reports and he will keep me apprised of this situation. I am confident Charlie will remain focused on moving the Longhorns forward. He is doing an outstanding job as our head coach and I continue to support those efforts as he prepares for the 2016 season.
As word hit campus, students began to form their opinions of the matter.
"It seems like these allegations go against the values he's been preaching, core values, integrity, work ethic and such,” said UT student Dewayne Perry.
"I think if things don't turn around for the program in the next year this could be something that's used against him,” said UT student Nathan Hayley.
A hearing date for the issue is set for Friday, February 26th at 9:00 A.M.