Red McCombs has donated thousands of dollars to the University of Texas. Just recently he criticized the school’s decision to hire Charlie Strong as the new Longhorns football coach, YouWager experts have learned.
However, McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News that he had phoned Strong to apologize and promised Strong his “total support.” However, the 53 year-old Strong told McCombs that an apology was not necessary.
“He wanted my help and my support. I told him I’d be happy to do it,” McCombs said.
McCombs name is on one side of the football stadium. The Texas native publicly supported Jon Gruden to succeed Mack Brown and complained in a radio interview earlier this week that he hadn’t been consulted about the decision regarding Strong.
The businessman considered that Strong’s hiring was “a kick in the face” and said the former Louisville Cardinals coach would “make a good position coach, maybe a coordinator.”
In a recent interview, McCombs said he considered the perception that his comments about Strong, who is black, were race-based troubled him.
“I’m not sure I knew anything about the race issue until it was broadcast like that. I didn’t even think about that,” he said. He also said he extended his apology “to anyone that might have been offended by anything I said or did.”