New Longhorn assistants ready for Texas heat

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas head coach Charlie Strong hired three assistant coaches in the span of six days. On Monday, Strong introduced his new coaches to the Longhorn program.

Clay Jennings (defensive backs), Anthony Johnson (running backs) and Charlie Williams (wide receivers) have been working out of hotel rooms as they prepare for spring practice in two weeks. Even with limited time on the job, the new Texas coaches understand what’s ahead of them.

“You’ve got to win every place you’re at. That’s the bottom line. Can the heat get a little hotter around here? Yeah, because this is Texas,” Williams said.

“Every year is a pivotal year, that’s the nature of this place and I understand that and I understand the expectations here, you’ve got to pin your ears back and go to work,” Johnson said.

For Johnson, this is a return to Texas. Johnson played running back for the Longhorns under Mack Brown. Later, Johnson worked with Coach Brown as a quality control assistant.

“Words can’t even describe how I feel right now, having the opportunity to come back and coach. I told everybody I knew at some point that I would be back, I just didn’t know when, but words can’t even describe it, it wouldn’t do any justice,” Johnson said.

Strong scooped Jennings from Arkansas to coach defensive backs. For Jennings, a Waco native, a return to Texas is also a homecoming after spending four years in hostile territory.

“One thing I had to do the whole time I was in Fayetteville is say, everything from Texas is not bad. There’s nothing from Texas that’s bad in my opinion. I had a great opportunity and great time while I was coaching in Fayetteville, but to have an opportunity to come home and work with these kids and this staff, and try to take this program to the next level with coach Strong and the rest of this staff. It was too good to pass up,” Jennings said.

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