Roger Goodell meets Charlie Strong

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league executive Troy Vincent met with Charlie Strong on Sunday morning to discuss the Texas coach's "Core Values" system, which has garnered widespread attention following the dismissals of nine Longhorn players.

Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, announced the meeting in a series of tweets, saying that the league also wants to improve its relationships with college programs.

.@Strong_TexasFB's emphasis on character & respect over talent is molding the next generation of football talent. Standards are key.

- Troy Vincent (@TroyVincent23) September 28, 2014Commissioner and I are focused on strengthening relationships with colleges. Thank you for your time today @Strong_TexasFB

- Troy Vincent (@TroyVincent23) September 28, 2014Texas offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle was dismissed from the program Tuesday, becoming the ninth player kicked off the team since Strong was hired in January. Two other players currently are suspended from the team for undisclosed reasons.

Strong, who spent four years as Louisville's head coach prior to coming to Texas, has instituted the following five "Core Values" for his players: honesty, treating women with respect, no drugs, no stealing and no weapons.

"Anytime a player is dismissed from this program, it hurts me," Strong said Tuesday following Estelle's dismissal. "We're here to help young men. We're not here to run young men off. That is not our job. We're here to help them. It just bothers you, because when you've been given opportunities, you want to make sure you have every resource available for them to be successful."

The NFL, and Goodell specifically, have come under fire recently for their handling of multiple cases involving player discipline, including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's domestic violence case.

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