Charlie Strong does not give second chances freely.
Understatement of the year, perhaps. But according to multiple sources, Strong saw fit to hand one out on Wednesday - to senior safety Josh Turner.
BREAKING: Longhorns senior S Josh Turner is getting a second chance and will stay on the team. Details:... http://t.co/LYfQsvLP6L— Horns247 (@Horns247) July 30, 2014
Turner was one of four players dismissed from the football team last week for an "unspecified violation of team rules", along with RB Joe Bergeron, S Chevoski Collins, and RB Jalen Overstreet. Via the Austin-American Statesman, Turner's troubles began after he was involved in a "verbal altercation" with strength & conditioning coach Pat Moorer early in the summer. Turner was also one of the players reportedly banned from the Texas athletic center, and had been participating in mandatory 5:00 a.m. workouts as a result.
Despite making plans to transfer elsewhere, Turner continued to stay in touch with Strong and the coaching staff following his dismissal. After Strong allowed him to file an appeal, the two met on Wednesday - and an agreement was eventually reached.
"The agreement comes with some caveats, though. Turner must follow very strict rules, something akin to a zero-tolerance policy with the coaching staff, to remain in good standing."
-- Brian Davis, Austin-American Statesman
Turner started three games last season and played in 12, registering 37 total tackles. Heading into the fall, Turner was expected to be the Longhorns' starting safety alongside Mykkele Thompson. Is that still the case? Who knows. Nevertheless, Turner's reported reinstatement figures to be a breath of fresh air for the program, coming off a chaotic week of suspensions and dismissals*.
*Note: The University of Texas has yet to confirm any of these dismissals. All four players mentioned in the article remain listed on the official roster.