Apparently Joe Bergeron's Spring banishment (and rapid rehabilitation) didn't make enough of an impression on a small handful of Longhorn players who decided to test Charlie Strong's summer attention span. Uh, dude is paying attention, fellas.
When players are "banned," Strong said they have special workouts with strength coach Pat Moorer. Players are also expected to maintain their grades and, if the coaches want, subject themselves to random drug tests and dorm checks.
Charlie isn't being a hard ass for his own self-aggrandizement.
These actions are planned and the ban comes with very specific steps for restoration and reputation rehabilitation. If the player follows them, as Joe Bergeron did, their stature isn't just restored - it's elevated. The goal is improvement and self-discovery - not posturing and dumb punishment. Some discipline-first coaches are mindless letter-of-the-law enforcers on a power trip. I think Charlie Strong is genuinely trying to reach his athletes.
Keep on, Charlie.